Tumi Morake and Ndumiso Lindi are back together for another run of their popular stand-up comedy show Married…But not to each other. The show, which deals with relationships, marriage and the battle of the sexes has been a smash hit around the country and will be back for at least three more shows, tonight at the Soweto Theatre, 1st of June at the Flamingo Casino in Kimberley and 8th of June at PACOFS in Bloemfontein.
SA comedy superstar Tumi Morake says she is delighted to be back on stage with Lindi who she calls, “genuine, different and consistent”.
“He can share a space and when it is his moment to shine really take you on a funny journey,” she says.
Morake insists that while the show is always called the same thing, like any good stand up show, it adapts to the audience on the night, pulling-in jokes and concepts as needed from a large bank that has been developed over the shows numerous runs.
“The show is never the same because ether audience is never the same and the choice of gags shifts depending on where the spirit takes us. We have even had back to back shows in the same theatre where the show has been different over both nights,” says Morake.
Morake’s public marriage to actor Mpho Osei-Tutu is one that many would consider close to perfect, with their children frequent topics of discussion in magazines, and on radio, but Morake says it is still a rich ground for comedy content.
“My marriage real and like everyone else’ we capture the good times on social media. The show isn’t just about marriage though, it is about relationships, and the funny stuff we put our loved ones and ourselves through,” she laughs.
The show combines individual stand up comedy sets by both performers as well as a combined set where Lindi and Morake banter with the audience, and it has been this section that has provided some of the best stories of the runs.
“The earlier tours were fantastic, we met wonderful people with funny stories,” says Morake. “Couples who weren’t talking because the husband drove like a maniac to the gig, to young people asking us ‘when does everything start going downhill in marriage’. We even had a guy once arrive by himself with another unused ticket because his wife was mad at him and stayed home. We made him buy her flowers and chocolate”.
Tickets to the PG-16 restricted show are available on Computicket.