Comedy has been the domain of men and yet we know how our mothers and sisters make us laugh. This category celebrates the women who take to the stage to make us laugh and demonstrate, in a sustained manner, originality in an art form where women have almost always been the butt of jokes.

Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake is a performer at heart who branched off onto the stand-up comedy circuit in 2006. Tumi has performed on stage, on television and in films all over South Africa. She has shared the stage with comics such as David Kau, Marc Lottering, Stuart Taylor and Chris Forrest. In 2007, she MC’d at the 8th annual Woodstock Festival and was the only female among international and local acts at the 2009 Vodacom Funny Festival. A writer and burgeoning theatre director, Tumi has directed educational theatre for Arrep Theatre For Life, and written on a handful of television dramas and sitcoms. In 2006 Getting It On, a short film she co-wrote, won an award for Best Short Cut at the prestigious VUKA! Awards.

Celeste Ntuli

Celeste Ntuli is a South African stand-up comedienne and actress best known as one of the Top 10 contestants on the 2009 season of the SABC1 reality competition series So You Think You're Funny! She has been working part time as a stand-up comedienne, since 2005.  She featured on the Blacks Only comedy showcase in 2010 and in 2012 performed a set at the South African Comic's Choice Awards. She also performed in the first Stand Up Zulu comedy show at the Durban Playhouse, in 2011. On radio, she has made several appearances on Ukhozi FM with Linda Sibiya and on the Igagasi FM show Lekomotion. She made her acting debut as one of the main cast members of the Mzansi Magic telenovela isiBaya, in 2013.

Krijay Govender

Krijay Govender has been voted by the media as “one of the funniest woman in South Africa“ and has been nominated as Mzansi’s Top Comedian (Mzansi awards). She works extensively on the corporate and business scene - from hosting events for Government/Business in London to awards ceremonies and conferences that have featured VIP including FIFA and Heads of States. Besides her stand up comedy career, Govender is an award winning actress, playwright and director on stage and screen (Font, Isidingo). Krijay can also write comedy, motivational pieces, Women's Day tailored entertainment (skits and comedy) and perform.