Com­edy stars to ex­plore the funny side of mar­riage

The Sunday Independent - - Winnie - AMANDA MALIBA Mar­ried… But Not To Each Other

CO­ME­DI­ANS Tumi Mo­rake and Ndu­miso Lindi will be team­ing up on a new stand-up spe­cial dubbed at the Lyric The­atre, Gold Reef City, next Satur­day. The Sun­day In­de­pen­dent caught up with the pair to speak about love, mar­riage and laugh­ter.


What role does com­edy play in so­cial com­men­tary?

Un­der a layer of a good joke or funny story there’s truth and hon­esty that comes with it. As much as the end re­sult is laugh­ter, you want peo­ple to walk out think­ing that was real and ed­u­ca­tional in some cases.

What in­spired Mar­ried… But Not To Each Other ?

We’ve done a lot of big shows and fes­ti­vals over the years where we found our­selves in the same line-up. We were booked to per­form in Lon­don and com­ing back we were con­nect­ing via Is­tan­bul. Af­ter re­al­is­ing that our flight to Jo­han­nes­burg had left us, while try­ing to fix that one of the cus­toms of­fi­cials asked if we were mar­ried and I quickly an­swered yes. Then I re­alised a sec­ond later the mis­take I’d made and we both said “but not to each other”. I guess a light bulb went on at that mo­ment be­cause we thought that’s a nice ti­tle for a show. The con­tent of the show comes from our lives as mar­ried peo­ple, I guess.

As clichéd as this ques­tion is, what can your fans ex­pect from you that they have never seen be­fore?

Well, the struc­ture of the show is dif­fer­ent from a nor­mal stand-up com­edy. There are times when we’re both on stage to­gether and en­gag­ing with the au­di­ence. We also have a sur­prise open­ing act. We’re go­ing to have a lot of fun with this show.

Prior to to be­ing mar­ried, what were your ex­pec­ta­tions of the union and what were the re­al­i­ties you learnt?

I guess be­fore, as a cou­ple, you’re clouded by the love you have for each other and when you get mar­ried you re­alise there’s more to it than just love. You find out that small things lead to big prob­lems, such as socks on the floor… Next thing you’re not talk­ing to each other.

Favourite part of be­ing mar­ried?

Build­ing and suc­ceed­ing to­gether. My wife’s cook­ing and know­ing that there’s al­ways a shoul­der to cry on af­ter a long day.

What do you hope peo­ple take away from the show?

This show will mostly deal with re­la­tion­ships. Whether you’re dat­ing, mar­ried or sin­gle, you will find a piece of your­self in it. Some­times when a cou­ple are deal­ing with an is­sue they think they’re the only peo­ple go­ing through it. So we hope peo­ple walk out re­al­is­ing that they’re not alone.

De­scribe love in three words? Honey, I’m home. TUMI MO­RAKE

What role does com­edy play in so­cial com­men­tary?

Stand-up com­edy is sub­ver­sive by na­ture, so that is its role in so­cial com­men­tary. It is a safe space for the hard­est con­ver­sa­tions. It’s a self-re­flec­tive mir­ror for so­cial com­men­tary.

What can your fans ex­pect from you that they have never seen be­fore?

A show purely based on re­la­tion­ships, and in­ter­ac­tion with our au­di­ence.

The au­di­ence gets some­thing usu­ally for­bid­den in stand-up com­edy – they get to take part.

Prior to to be­ing mar­ried, what were your ex­pec­ta­tions of the union and what were the re­al­i­ties that you learnt?

I fig­ured we could wing it and the re­al­ity check was that mar­riage is work… but not a chore. It needs you to be present.

Is mar­riage over­rated?

Ab­so­lutely. There are peo­ple who stay in mis­er­able mar­riages be­cause they only mar­ried out of pres­sure or to save face.

What has com­edy done for you per­son­ally and in your ca­reer?

Com­edy and laugh­ter are great cop­ing mech­a­nisms for me. My pri­mary work has been as a co­me­dian. Ca­reer-wise, it keeps me want­ing to do more.

De­scribe love in three words? Sooth­ing, in­fi­nite, pow­er­ful.

How have you pre­pared your ma­te­rial for this show?

Ndu­miso and I de­cided to write to the theme be­cause the ti­tle of the show al­ready al­ludes to con­ver­sa­tions about mar­riage and re­la­tion­ships.

Tumi Mo­rake


Ndu­miso Lindi

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