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Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake is from the Free State, grew up in North West and is now based in Gauteng. She studied Drama at Wits University in 2000 to 2003. She majored in performance and writing, focussing on the comedy. Always out to learn more, her career has seen her travelling to Prague, Paris and London.

Her comedy acting began in the student production of Shakespeare's 12th Night were she played Feste, the clown. She's worked on a number of theatre productions in lead roles, such as Another Child and 1\4 Life Crisis (both at the Grahamstown Arts Fest), Maru at the Windybrow theatre, and Is this Africa, which was presented at the FNB Dance Umbrella and the African Dance Festival in Paris in 2006. She now works mainly in Industrial and educational theatre projects, among other things.

New to the stand up comedy scene, Tumi's first stand up performance was scripted material for corporate events. She later went on to perform at the Rotaract charity event "Best Medicine" in the 2003 and 2004. She has since been booked for regular spots at different club venues around Gauteng by Parker Leisure Management, Whacked Management, Nu Breed Comedy and Nomad Comedy. Big comedy events include Have A Heart for Child Welfare, Woodstock 2006, Arts Alive (2006 and 2007), Women In Arts (2007), Tshwane Comedy Festival, Just Bcoz Comedy fest, King Size Comedy and Blacks Only (Real Concerts). Tumi's comedy has been described as in your face and slightly provocative. But she's funny, isn't that the whole point?

Her acting and writing career have now been heavily steered away from theatre and into television. TV credits include the support role of Pabi in Soul Buddies, SABC1, and the lead Millicent in Izoso Connection, SABC1. She is also credited as a writer in Izoso Connection. She's also had cameo appearances in the flagship shows Justice For All, Nomzamo and City Ses'la. She is also among the team of writers for Nomzamo, an SABC sitcom going into its second season this year, and For Sale, a comedy drama on SABC3 in 2007. Also won the "Multichoice Vuka!" Award for writing in the 30 second short film category in 2006.

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Joey Rasdien

Joey Rasdien

Rasdien's absurd yet thought-provoking stand-up comedy show tackles the touchy subject of evolution and how natural selection has blessed many of the figures that loom over South African life. Topics under scrutiny range from the devil and Charles Darwin to Julius Malema and Steven Hawking in a show that will make you laugh until tears are rolling down your face.

Joey Rasdien is the face of a new generation of South African comedy. He is instantly recognisable thanks to his appearances in movies such as Running Riot, Bunny Chow, Vaatjie Sien Sy Gat, Dollars and White Pipes, as well as the recently released Outrageous and currently shooting Blitz Patrollie. Joey has also just completed shooting his own sitcom due for transmission in October 2010 on SABC 2.

In addition, Rasdien has performed in many major comedy festivals in South Africa and is a regular on the comedy circuit at the country's leading venues. He headlined the most recent Blacks Only Comedy, which played to a capacity crowd of 4,000 people, and he has
become a regular performer at the popular Heavyweight Comedy Jams. He also recently starred in the popular Last Laugh at The Lyric
and The Pure Monate Show on SA BC 1. Joey has also performed at the prestigious comedy venue Yuk Yuks in Toronto His experience in the financial industry is an advantage when relating to a corporate audience which makes him a sought after Facilitator I entertainer at conferences.

Having appeared in many television ads, including Cell C, 1LifeDirect, Kalahari.com KFC, The ICC Cricket World Cup Campaign and toured with the South African Cricket Team as one of the faces of South African Cricket.Joey also appears on the smash hit DVD and CD" Make the circle bigger" with HHP and JR

This versatile performer was also a regular on the Club Comedy circuit,where he's performed to sell out audiences at incl.;

  • Cool Runnings in Melville and The Blues Room in Sandton, Carnival City, Morula Sun and Dachs in Pretoria.
  • He headlined the most recent Blacks only Comedy to a sell out crowd of 4000 people
  • He has become a regular performer at the popular Heavyweight Comedy Jams
  • He is a regular headliner at Nu Breed Comedy and Munt Comedy evenings targeting the growing black comedy market.
  • His biggest comedy gig thus far was on the Main Arena at the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival held in Cape Town.
  • Joey recently launched his 1 sI 1 man show, "Joey Rasdien Praat K*k" at the Aardklop Festival in Potchefstoom
  • Joey has his new one man show offering "Mixed DNA" on stage at the Lyric Theatre on 21 & 22 May 2010


On the small screen, his appearances include a performance on:
  • "Comedy Showcase",
  • Sketches on "Jerry Springer's Saturday Night",

Appearances in:
  • "The Phat Joe Show",
  • "Leriekeraai", "Pap Idols", "Spek Skieters" and a lead role in a "Quickies" Production.
  • Joey also performed rap in 4 music video recordings for the Department of
  • Health for their AIDS campaign, Khomanani.
  • He also presented the popular live interactive game show, Play TV on SABC 3.
  • Scriptwriter and performer on the hit comedy sketch show, "The Pure Monate Show" on SABC 1
  • Host of his own game show, Go For It, on SABC 2.
  • Laugh Out Loud, a prank show screened on M-net.
  • Joey is a regular on Kyknet & various SABC 1, 2 & 3 shows.
  • Joey won Best Actor Award at the Nante Film Festival in France in December 2007 for his role in Bunny Chow
  • Joey has just completed shooting his own Sitcom series, commissioned by SABC 2 which will flight towards the 3rd quarter of 2010

His corporate clients include SA Post, SAB Miller, Coca Cola, ABI, RCI, MTN, MNET, Spoornet, FNB, ABSA, Standard Bank, Nedbank, The Gordon Institute of Business, Pfizer, Life Healthcare, Murray and Roberts and Sasol, amongst many others.

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Ndumiso Lindi

Ndumiso Lindi

Known for his trade mark hat, funky urban stylish look and brilliant impersonation of the Madiba Jive, Ndumiso Lindi is regarded as one of South Africa's top black comedians. An entertainer with flair, Ndumiso delves into honest observations of everyday life in South Africa; the diversity of South African cultures; as well as the uniqueness of black people. Painting the nation from a young black man's point of view, this talented man is well on his way to the top!

After moving to Cape Town from Zwelitsha a small township next to King William's Town in Eastern Cape where he was born and raised, Ndumiso had never imagined that a national diploma in design at the Cape Technikon would be the start of a whole new creative world.

Inspired by his family and the likes of Eddie Murphy and Bill Cosby, his first big break came in 2004 during the Vodacom Comedy Campus Tour, where Ndumiso took his act to the stage for 3 minutes. It was these 3 minutes that got Ndumiso into the Comedy AllStars Collective, performing at a host of city venues, including the celebrated Independent Armchair Theatre in Cape Town. It was at this point that many could see the rising of this young talented comedian.

After regular successful performances on the local comedy circuit, Ndumiso won a trip to London as the Best Newcomer in the Red Bull Comedy AllStars Comedy Challenge. By now, flawless doors of opportunity were opening for Ndumiso as he continued to be unstoppable.

Ndumiso has toured South Africa performing stand-up in many well known and much loved comedy shows and festivals. Ndumiso has performed all over the country at the Barnyard Theatre Festival in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. He has shared the stage with local award winning comedy gurus such as: Kurt Schoonraad, Mel Miller, Riaad Moosa, Stuart Taylor, Dave Levinsohn, Cokey Falkow, Marc Lottering and David Kau.

Ndumiso has worked his way to becoming a recommended headliner. At the Heavyweight Comedy Jams and Blacks Only comedy festival in Johannesburg earlier this year, he received countless ovations and praise from the media. He went on to share the stage with the best in the business at the 46664 Nelson Mandela Foundation "It's No Joke" Comedy Night in Sun City, Johannesburg and Cape Town earlier this year. Ndumiso was the MC at the Vodacom Comedy Campus Tour in 2009 & 2010 and has headlined the 2010 Vodacom Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre. He has also wowed the rock audience when he headlined the comedy section at the rock festival – Rocking the Daisies.

Knighting this man as talented would be but to say the least. Being the much loved rising comedian, there is no stopping this young man. He believes in putting his heart and mind into everything he loves doing the most. Clear the way because Ndumiso Lindi is about to take centre stage.

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Riaad Moosa

Riaad Moosa has just qualified as a doctor and both his parents are doctors and all his aunts and uncles are doctors. But his dad has always said to him, "Riaad, you can do anything you want to in this world, as long as you become an orthopaedic surgeon first."

Riaad's combination of cheek and charm matched with his great bonestructure and awesome intelligence make him irresistible to women and audiences everywhere.

Riaad is a natural comic with worldclass potential. He is also a devout Muslim and a superb ambassador for his faith. His material confronts stereotypical views of his community with wit and wisdom, as well as showing a flair for the just plain silly.

Having trained as a comedy magician, Riaad was challenged to move over to pure stand-up at the Cape Comedy Collective's free Comedy Lab workshops, and just two months later he was the winner of the hotly contested One City, Many Comics Talent Competition held as part of Cape Town s One City Festival in September 1999.

Riaad represented the CCC at the 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Durban in October 1999 and he appeared on Evita: Live and Dangerous on eTV as a guest of Pieter-Dirk Uys in December. He was a headliner on the CCC's Cape Town circuit and appeared on stages all over the country as part of the CCC s Varsities Tour of campus cities nationwide in 2000.

Riaad spent 2002 living in Gauteng and performed regularly in venues around Jo'burg. He was the hit of the 5fm Heavyweight Comedy Jam at the Sandton Centre in April, appeared on the national Sprite Soul Comedy tour in May and performed at the Laugh Out Loud concert for the Reach for a Dream Foundation in November which was broadcast on SABC3 on New Year's Eve.

Riaad has been on all of Real Comedy's Heavyweight Comedy Jams during 2003 & 2004 and on all the King Size Comedy comedy shows around the country.

To add to this, Riaad has just completed a SOLD OUT run of his one man show entitled Strictly Halaal at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre and around the country.

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Conrad Koch

Conrad Koch

Conrad Koch is one of South Africa’s most in demand comedy talents and the winner of the 2010 Entertainer of the Year award, and a 2012 Standard Bank Ovation Award from the National Arts Festival. He combines hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry, and has done so for over fifteen years to local and international acclaim. He has worked all over the world, been featured on local and international television and is a frequent guest at some of South Africa’s biggest comedy events – the 94,7 Heavyweight Comedy Jams, Blacks Only, the Smirnoff Comedy Festival, the Vodacom Comedy Festival, Metro FM Comedy Experience, etc. His most famous character, Mr. Chester Missing, is a regular on etv’s satirical news show, Late Night News with Loyiso Gola; and his hit one man show, Puppet Asylum, has received standing ovations around South Africa.

Conrad has studied psychology, and is a social anthropologist – he has a master’s degree in the subject from WITS University (Cum Laude), focusing on corporate and African culture. He has had extensive experience implementing culture change programmes for the likes of FNB, Goldfields, Sun International, SAA, etc.

Conrad is completely unique in using his combination of razor sharp comedy with an understanding of human dynamics to create effective corporate communication. In the age of television and internet the human mind needs more than just facts read off the PowerPoint. His comedy is the sugar to effectively deliver the medicine of your message.

His edu-taining talk, “Making Laughter Work” (on techniques to make the office a more diversity friendly, pleasant, playful and productive environment), has received standing ovations around the country. This fun-filled interactive talk focuses specifically on creating a client-focused culture, where diversity, customer-centricity and corporate citizenship are lived, rather than just spoken about!

Conrad has audiences in stitches by talking to himself through a variety of extremely eccentric characters. Self-ridicule has never been this fun. Meet Mr. Chester Missing (his 51% BEE partner), Ronnie (the precocious monster), and Hilary (a bad attitude ostrich).

Conrad learned his craft at the College of Magic in Cape Town. He started doing comedy with the UCT Comedy Club, and then the Cape Comedy Collective. He is the only ventriloquist on the circuit, and is dedicated to bettering both his art form, and his contribution to debates on culture as a whole. As far as we know he is the world’s only anthropological ventriloquist. His blogs on the politics of culture (www.conradkoch.posterous.com) have been widely read… Mr. Chester Missing’s thoughts on culture are even quoted in WITS Drama courses!

“Intelligent, unhinged ventriloquism at its very best” The Star

“Reviews will use descriptive words like ‘pioneering’, ‘master-class’, and ‘mini renaissance’ but it really is that outstanding” The Citizen

“quite breathtaking: delightfully entertaining, intellectually stimulating and technically brilliant.” The Cape Times

“Brings the roof down” The Independent, London “Delicious…hilarious ventriloquised repartee” The Argus

“Hilarious.” Mail & Guardian

“Taking ventriloquism beyond anything in the UK or America” Sunday Times, London

“You were truly hilarious and I hugely enjoyed the show! A million thanks for keeping it all together with such skill and professionalism.” Bonang Mohale, Chairman of Shell SA

“Thanks so much for being part of our event – we have had such fantastic feedback from the event and without you it would have just been death by PowerPoint. Your ears must have been burning all day, because StorTech cannot stop talking about you.” StorTech

“I’ve had an incredible amount of positive feedback on our session. You were awesome; many thanks.” Dr. Brian Armstrong, Senior Managing Executive: Telkom Business

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