Johannesburg, 20 September 2012: Fiercely funny comedienne Tumi Morake is to be the first woman to headline Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker's - Comedy Central's monthly stand-up comedy showcase. Taking place at Parker's Comedy & Jive on Wednesday 26 September, Comedy Central Presents Tumi Morake Live At Parker's will also give a platform to the comedic talents of Eddie Eckstein, Martin Evans, Jason Goliath and Loyiso Madinga.

Intelligent, outspoken and provocative, Morake (@Tumi_Morake) began her comedy journey in a student production of Shakespeare's "12th Night" while studying Drama at Wits University; Morake played "Feste," a clown, in what was to turn out to be a fitting and prophetic role. A prolific actress, writer and comedian, Morake has recently seen her career steer away from theatre and into television, where she garners plaudits as a screenwriter, actress and comedian. Morake's biggest comedy gigs to date have included emcee-ing the Woodstock Festival, being part of the line-up for 46664's "It's No Joke", being the only woman in the Vodacom Funny Festival and appearing in her critically acclaimed one-woman show "Herstory". Morake was recently selected to MC Comedy Central's first African "Roast", "The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr".

Jason Goliath (@jrgoliath) is a larger than life comedian with a commanding stage presence, bucket loads of energy and a character based set focused on making audiences laugh at life's uncomfortable truths. A regular fixture at leading comedy venues around the country, Jason is currently featuring in the comedy sitcom "Ses 'topla" on SABC.

South African comedy legend, Edwin Richard Eckstein a.k.a Eddie (@EddieEckstein1), cut his show-business teeth as a Rock 'n Roll singer in the early sixties. Eventually Eddie followed a solo career as an actor and comedian, interpreting the part of Mannie Bloom in John Cundill's television series "Oh George" and spending a year in Sydney, Australia, in "I Love My Wife". Since returning to South Africa, his theatre appearances have included starring roles in "Little Shop of Horrors", "Pyjama Tops", "Not Now Darling", "Grin and Bear It" and "What About Love".

Martin Evans (@hellpants) is described by his peers as having one of the finest comedy minds in the business, with a sense of humour that is intelligent and sophisticated, Martin has long been praised for his originality and his quality of performances, which have seen him headlining and mc-ing comedy gigs both at home and abroad. With over 20 international commercials under his belt, Martin is recognized as the face of many TV commercials, most recently, as the lead in the Castle Lager and ABSA investments campaigns. Evans recently won back-to-back "Standard Bank Ovation Awards" for his solo show and his partnership with Rob Van Vuuren in "Pants on Fire" at this year's National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Loyiso Madinga (@Loy_Mad), most recent winner of the popular stand-up competition "Graça Comedy Showdown" created a stir with his performance during the 2012 Nando's Jozi Comedy Festival in Johannesburg and Soweto. With only a handful of performances under his belt, Madinga is already well on his way to becoming the next big name in SA comedy.

"Comedy Central Presents Tumi Morake Live at Parker's" kicks off at Parker's Comedy & Jive, Montecasino, Fourways at 20:00 CAT on Wednesday 26 September 2012. Tickets are available at www.parkerscomedy.com, direct from Computicket, or at the door, priced R120.

To watch "Comedy Central Presents Tumi Morake Live at Parker's" tune into Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) at 20:55 CAT on Friday 16 November 2012.

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