Tumi Morake shines as South Africa’s queen of comedy. With a career spanning more than 10 years and numerous nominations and awards under her belt she is boss when it comes to making people laugh. We caught up with her while on tour with her latest offering, Tumi or not Tumi. How’s the tour going? So far so good. I sold out a couple of shows, and the one that didn't sell out was packed anyway. It is so refreshing to see diverse groups coming to my shows. And there are so many women showing support. Have you ever told a bad joke? I don't think there are bad jokes, just bad delivery or bad timing. And you recover by either openly acknowledging that the joke sucked – and usually the audience laughs with you because they were thinking the same thing. That quick sure-fire gag breaks the tension and you can go on with your set. You’ve lost a lot of weight – what has that journey been like? I haven't always been overweight and I wanted my figure back. I had become unhealthy. I am enjoying my body more now, although sometimes I miss being bigger because people had a tendency to speak more about my work than my looks, which I prefer. You’re a working mom in the public eye. How do you balance family and work? I have come to learn that public scrutiny is something you control. I make sure I am part of the community I live in so that my presence isn't anything special, and getting around isn't like being on display. My family comes first, and everyone who works with me knows this. That helps me find balance. Plus I have a supportive husband, sister and live-in nanny. What are you hoping for in the next year, any new ventures? Definitely! I am making some career defining moves this year, touring South Africa and possibly some neighbouring countries. I’ll also be performing in Australia and maybe Canada, and venturing back into the TV space as a performer and co-producer. And, I can’t say much just yet, but I could be stepping into a whole new medium as well. Watch this space!
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