BY BILLY SUTER
WHAT do Mark Banks, David Kau and Tumi Morake have in common? The answer is that all are headed for SABC3 this week in new local reality-based series.
Comedienne and actress Tumi Morake is the host of a new late-night live talk show, #WTFTUMI, lined up to premiere at 9.30pm on Wednesday, July 5. Banks and Kau head the cast of It’s OK, We’re Family which will be broadcast every Friday at 7.30pm, from July 7.
The #WTFTUMI show, produced by Urban Brew Studios, has been described as a tongue-in-cheek series that will see some of South Africa’s hottest celebrities and influencers featured as studio guests.
“Every Wednesday and Thursday evening, #WTFTUMI will tap into the pulse of the nation when Tumi looks at what has recently got South Africans talking. She will also get her invited guests talking about the lighter side of their lives, with a bit of snooping… and through exciting interactive games,” says a spokesman for SABC3.
In each episode, two or three A-listers, ranging from entertainment personalities to sports stars and politicians, will open up to Tumi while in the #WTFTUMI lounge, bar or jacuzzi.
“They will take part in different impromptu games that will ultimately reveal little-known facts about them. Tumi might dare to invade the celebrity guest’s privacy and ask them to explain three things; like three items from their handbag or their three latest Twitter direct messages. She could also give the celeb guest the opportunity to respond to as many social media messages – hateful or loving – in 60 seconds.”
#WTFTUMI will also see Tumi engaging with the studio audience and sharing a bit of banter with her barman. Each episode will end with a performance, either by a musician or comic.
Tumi, who continues to be a formidable force in the entertainment industry, says of the series: “I am always excited to try something new. This show is raw and unapologetic, especially since it is in a late-night slot. I can afford to be naughty because the kids have already gone off to bed.”
It’s OK, We’re Family stars David Kau as YouTube blogger David Kau, who is out to make the biggest movie South Africa has ever seen, says the SABC3 spokesman.
However, he lives with his dysfunctional father Basil Kauwitz, played by Mark Banks, and his would-be digital entrepreneurial sister, Leshae K (Natasha Thahane).
David works from home – from the lounge actually. His online fame now prompts him for the big screen.
“David has his business meetings at home, with people who will help him get his movie off the ground: from celebrities to politicians. He wants to know how they made it ‘big’. Life would be so much simpler if only his family would let him work in peace whenever a celeb popped by.”
Kau will interview South African personalities in a bid to get their buy-in for his big project. But will the likes of Riaad Moosa, Chris Forrest, Jessica Nkosi, Lorcia Cooper, Joey Rasdien and others be able to help David make the biggest South African movie? Or will Leshae K get her cocktail range, Jugs Juice, and her sneaker range launched before sheheads abroad to meet her digital boyfriend?
“The combination of a talk show and sitcom, driven by an exceptionally talented cast, provides for a highly entertaining series. SABC3 audiences can only expect the best in local comedy entertainment”, remarks Endemol Shine Africa managing director, Helga Palmer.
The show is a co-production between Free Woman Films and Endemol Shine Africa, directed by Tshepo Matlanyane. The series is produced by Kamscilla Naidoo.