Kensington’s Tumi going international

Kensington resident Tumi Morake will be part of a new Netflix comedy special.

She will be joined by Riaad Moosa and two other stellar SA comics as part of the series.

The announcement was made by Netflix and Just For Laughs last week.

The unprecedented new stand-up comedy event series is set to premiere in 2019 and it will feature 47 comedians from around the globe.

Tumi is flying the South African flag high and making history.

She is not only partaking in this ground-breaking event series, but Tumi is set to become the first African female stand-up comedian to have her own set on Netflix.

She said she is humbled by the opportunity.

“Incredible things are happening and I am beyond grateful.

“I’m putting my best foot forward and I am hoping to do my country proud,” said Tumi.

The yet-to-be-named series will feature a range of stand-up specials from comedians diverse in style, gender and ethnicity and will be taped in seven languages.

“I’m looking forward to returning back to Montreal to take part in the Just For Laughs festival.

“Netflix is taking comedy to a whole new level and even though I’ve been a part of several specials back home, I’m excited and honoured to be taking part in a series of this calibre,” adds Riaad Moosa, The Good Doctor of SA comedy.

Tumi and Riaad will be part of 32 comedians that will record a half-hour special at this year’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal from July 24 to July 29, with the additional comedians set to record specials in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Mumbai, Berlin and Amsterdam.

“South Africans will witness a new era of comedy as local comedians are making a great impression on international audiences and we are so proud that two of our own from the Blu Blood stable are taking part in this incredible experience,” said Osman Osman, Blu Blood managing director.

Netflix is also excited about the new venture.

“Few things are better than discovering a new comedian you love.

“With the event, we’re creating a true comedy festival experience for our members where they can scour the globe from home to find some of the freshest voices in comedy,” says Lisa Nishimura, VP, Original Documentary and Comedy, Netflix.

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