The First Lady of Comedy, Tumi Morake, can now add the title (and accompanying denim sash) to her long list of accolades: Edgars Comic of the Year. She made comedy history on Saturday night, 3 September, when she became the first South African female comedian to win the coveted title, considered to be the pinnacle award of the annual Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards.
And she’s doing it for the ladies, says Tumi. “The female voice in this country needs to be loud and needs to be frank. We need to command our space with the things we say fearlessly, and that is what I believe SA women comedians do.”
In her acceptance speech on stage at the awards show at the Teatro at Montecasino, Tumi paid a special tribute to the women who supported her along the way. “A special salute to the women who braved the clubs and dragged me along, Judy-Jake Tsie, and the queens that continue to break new ground in the industry: Celeste Ntuli, Nina Hastie, Thenjiwe Moseley, Noko Moswete, Angel Blythe Campbey, Mel Jones, Tracy Klass and Shimmy Isaacs. Yass Kweens, Yass!!!!!”
To see all the highlights from this year’s Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards visit: www.comicschoice.co.za
Issued on behalf of Edgars by One-eyed Jack.