Tumi Morake and Ndumiso Lindi have been entertaining audiences for the past two weeks with their brand-new show, titled Married... But not to each other. The show, which enjoyed intimate yet sold-out performances in Cape Town and Pretoria, now heads to Johannesburg’s Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City.
Morake has become a towering figure over the past couple of years, a comedienne you can’t ignore, even if you tried. She’s co-hosted a breakfast radio show, worked as a television presenter, is an established actress and has a flourishing comedy career.
Lindi, who boasts a comedy career of 10 and more years and is successful in his own right, seems to be the lesser known of the pair.
So getting to know him a little better is what we decided to do.
Chatting to IOL, Lindi said the first leg of the show had been a litmus test of sorts to see how well he and Morake worked together, and how the audience responded.
“People are loving the show. We kicked off in Menlyn and did two nights in Cape Town. We chose small venues to just shape the show and see the vibe between me and Tumi, because it was going to be our first time doing a show together. We’ve played festivals where we were on the same line-up, but this was different. We’ve had a lot of fun with it.”
It was so much fun that they’ve decided to add more dates to their tour. The show will now also be gracing audiences from Nelspruit, Krugersdorp and Botswana after Johannesburg, with more dates set to be added.
Explaining his style of comedy, Lindi said it was observational and often based on his own experiences. This particular show, he added, was a tad different because it focused entirely on a specific subject: marriage and relationships.
“What’s different about this show is that for once, we’ve stepped away from the usual subjects we normally talk about in our shows. Whether it’s race issues or current country issues. This one is just focused on relationships and marriage,” he said.
On whether marriage was an easier comedy subject, Lindi said: “It wasn’t when we started, but it seems the more we do it, the easier it becomes. We’ve had to really sit and work on good material for it.
“If you’re a comic, you should be able to talk about anything. Love and music are universal,” he said.
His set was inspired by his marriage, and other stories he’s been exposed to through his friends and family.
The decision to get into this comedic union with Morake was an organic one Lindi said. Based on years of friendship, all that was left was to see whether what was in their friendship could translate to a side-splitting show.
Tickets may still be available at Computicket for the show tomorrow evening at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City.
If not, check out the other dates to catch this dynamic duo on stage.