Cook­ing up a com­edy storm

There are no pots or pans, but you’ll have a belly full of laugh­ter thanks to Red Cake Not The Cook­ing Show.

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Red Cake Not The Cook­ing Show Sea­son 1 Fri­days SABC2 (*192) 19:00

Look­ing for Fri­day-night view­ing for the fam­ily? That’s oddly ti­tled life­style show Red Cake Not The Cook­ing Show (2017- cur­rent), hosted by come­di­enne Tumi Mo­rake (Per­sis­tence in sit­com Askies, 2009) and Alan Com­mit­tie (Jo­han van der Watt in Laugh Out Load – M-Net and Mzansi Magic, 2005-2008). tvplus was on set dur­ing re­hearsals and film­ing to get a closer look at the laugh-a-minute se­ries…

PREP, PREP & PREP

The stu­dio au­di­ence – en­thu­si­as­tic, nat­ter­ing ladies – are gath­ered out­side the Vic­tory Theatre in Jozi’s posh Houghton sub­urb at 09:00. The team at Clive Mor­ris Pro­duc­tions have planned the two episodes that will be filmed down to the last de­tail and di­rec­tor Khayelihle Do­minic “Dom” Gumede is co-or­di­nat­ing chaos around the set. Mean­while, mu­sic mae­stro Zwai Bala suits up from a pair of shorts to a snappy out­fit be­fore re­hears­ing riffs with the show’s house­band.

STAR POWER

While Tumi and Alan are prep­ping, the au­di­ence are given their cues on when to ap­plaud and when to laugh. At the same time, there’s a lit­tle im­promptu per­for­mance from episode 4’s guests (which should air on Fri­day 3 March) – J’Some­thing, the front­man from lo­cal pop group MiCasa, and Smash Afrika, host of YFM’s break­fast show #SmashandGrab. Later that af­ter­noon, “kaptein of Afrikaans pop mu­sic” Kurt Dar­ren pops in to tape for episode 5 (air­ing Fri­day 10 March) and he’s joined by multi-tal­ented hot­tie Chris Jaftha, a con­ti­nu­ity pre­sen­ter from life­style show Top Billing (1996- cur­rent). On top of the in­ter­views, there are also reg­u­lar games that will fea­ture in each episode, rang­ing from gen­eral knowl­edge and sing-a-longs to mim­ing and a guess­ing game called Manga Manga.

EN­ERGY & SU­PERB BAL­ANCE

“Tumi and I share the same en­ergy and play well off each other,” says Alan dur­ing a short break in film­ing. It’s not their first time shar­ing du­ties ei­ther – the pair were on stage to­gether at the Cape Town Funny Fes­ti­val In Lon­don in 2014/2015. Mov­ing back to TV has given Alan a new spring in his step and he’s a fan of the Red Cake con­cept. “It’s clev­erly com­piled and boasts great guests who’ll ap­peal to a wide au­di­ence,” he says. And Tumi agrees – “It’s a scream and I have to be on my toes all the time. I feel a bit schiz­o­phrenic when the di­rec­tor talks in my ear and the guests talk to me at the same time.”

Af­ter film­ing a few episodes, Tumi says that she’s got a new­found ap­pre­ci­a­tion for South African’s play­ful­ness. “I also gath­ered that I’m bet­ter at lis­ten­ing than talk­ing [Laughs]”. Dom mean­while says that the for­mat has been a lit­tle tricky to play with. “It’s this del­i­cate bal­anc­ing to en­sure all the el­e­ments en­joy screen time,” he ex­plains. “The hosts are big per­son­al­i­ties and com­bined with Zwai’s band, the games and in­ter­views, it needs care­ful tech­ni­cal chore­og­ra­phy to en­sure seam­less blend­ing.”

ALL IN A NAME

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Sipho Go­gotya ex­plains the show’s ti­tle: “It’s a well­known treat to any­one from the town­ship. It’s just called ‘red cake’ and it’s usu­ally found at spaza shops. Red cake is made from the baker’s off- cuts from the day that are too good to throw away, like a mix­ture of all the best cakes rolled into a sin­gle, de­li­cious serv­ing of choco­late, vanilla, red vel­vet and any­thing else that’s on of­fer and it’s dyed an eye- catch­ing red. It’s a mix and it’s ir­re­sistible and pop­u­lar – just like the show [Laughs.”

Tumi and Alan get to grips with their new pre­sen­ter jobs.

Guests Chris Jaftha and Kurt Dar­ren with show di­rec­tor Dom Gumede.

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