“I’m not jok­ing”

The Queen has hired a joker but Tumi Mo­rake is no fool.

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She loud, funny and im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able. Come­di­enne Tumi Mo­rake is now com­ing di­rect to lounges across the coun­try as Aunt Dolly, the new­est face join­ing te­len­ov­ela The Queen. And as the 35-year- old jokes, “It’s a bonus when you get to work with the Fer­gu­sons, es­pe­cially Shona”…

Who is Aunt Dolly? She’s this su­per­am­bi­tious and ec­cen­tric woman who wants to en­joy the nicer things in life. And who is she in­ter­act­ing with most? Con­nie Fer­gu­son’s char­ac­ter, Har­riet. She’s the queen of the Khoza em­pire. It’s been re­ward­ing for me to work with Con­nie. She’s been in the game for years and knows her stuff in­side out. She was pa­tient and helped me when I felt in­se­cure with my choices. She’s an ac­tor’s ac­tor. How did you get this role? Au­di­tion­ing, how else? [Laughs] Any­one who has worked with Fer­gu­son Films will tell you that you’d be crazy to turn down an op­por­tu­nity to work in such a cool en­vi­ron­ment. I went to the au­di­tion, did my thing and they liked it. Plus, it’s pop­u­lar, so it’s a no-brainer.

Be­ing a come­di­enne, you’re used to the funny things in life. But Dolly’s a bit more se­ri­ous, right? I am ac­tu­ally an ac­tor first. Com­edy found me in that realm, so that’s the point of de­par­ture – ev­ery­one thinks I’m a stand-up, but I’ve been act­ing for a some time. Does Dolly crack a laugh or two? It’s not so much what she says, but what she does. The com­edy is in her re­ac­tions to sit­u­a­tions in the Khoza man­sion. The funny stuff is the “you had to be there” stuff. I al­ways looked for­ward to Shona [Fer­gu­son who stars as de­tec­tive Jerry as well as pro­duces the show with his real-lie wife Con­nie] check­ing in on his lady so that I could go in for that hug. He gives bear hugs. I love bear hugs. I con­sid­ered it part of my pay. What’s harder: do­ing a scripted soapie where you’re play­ing a char­ac­ter or get­ting up on stage do­ing stand-up com­edy? Fol­low­ing scripts, re­mem­ber­ing your choices for your char­ac­ter and fol­low­ing tech­ni­cal di­rec­tions. It’s es­pe­cially hard when you have been away from the medium for some time. You sound like you had a lot of fun on the show? And I still am. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the hu­mil­ity, the light-hearted vibe and the way they just wel­come you into the fold. And when they get down to busi­ness, make no mis­take: it’s proper show time!

Tumi Mo­rake’s ex­cited about be­ing on a soap – and work­ing with Shona Fer­gu­son.

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