Five Fast Facts – The #DStvMVCA Favourite Comedian Nominees

18 October 2018
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Felix Hlope

  • Felix Hlope is a Durban-based comedian and radio personality
  • Having previously held a show on VUMA 103 FM, he currently plies his radio skills on Gagasi FM
  • He performs in his native tongue of isiZulu
  • He is a regular on stand-up gigs around the country, such as 99% Zulu Comedy and the Hallelujah Comedy Show at The Playhouse
  • He recently performed two solo shows on one night in Pietermaritzburg – they were titled ‘I Hate My Wife’ and ‘Bad Teacher’

Mpho Popps

  • Mpho Popps’ real name is Mpho Modikoane
  • He’s a two-time SA Comic's Choice Awards Nominee and a 2013 winner
  • Popps initially got noticed on the So You Think You're Funny! TV show in 2009, and he later competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2013
  • Apart from shows like Blacks Only, Mzansi Magic's Opening Guys, and Mass Hysteria, he did a one-man comedy show, Exhibit A, at the Lyric Theatre in 2015
  • He also performed in the miniseries Taxi Ride


  • Skhumbuzo "Skhumba" Hlophe was born in Tembisa
  • He runs a wheelchair charity driving donations to the people living with disabilities
  • He’s performed at the Soweto Comedy Festival, Tshwane Comedy Festival, 99% Xhosa Comedy, Blacks Only, and regularly hosts his own one-man shows
  • As well as performing in the film – and spin-off TV series – Taxi Ride, he also appeared in the show Thandeka’s Diary
  • He’s a multiple Comics’ Choice Awards nominee and winner

Smowkey Nyembe

  • Smowkey Nyembe’s real name is Mbongiseni NyembeHe starred in Mzansi Magic series Opening Guys, hosted and narrated by Kagiso Lediga
  • He’s since appeared at the Soweto Comedy Festival, The Tswane Comedy Fest, The Arts Alive Festival, the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, and he hosted the Soweto Music Festival
  • He was a Comics’ Choice Award nominee in the non-English category
  • He also played a lead role in the film ‘S'popile’

Tumi Morake

  • Tumi Morake is a comedian, actress, TV host, radio personality and MC
  • She is the first woman to host Comedy Central Presents on African soil
  • She’s performed multiple major shows, including the inaugural Comics’ Choice Awards, Heavyweights Comedy Jam, Blacks Only, and Old Mutual Comedy Encounters
  • In 2013 She had her one-woman show at Edinburgh Festival, Scotland
  • She’s also an acclaimed actress, with TV roles in Erfsondes and City Ses'la, and the films ‘Jerusalema’, ‘Skin’ and ‘Joburg’ and hosted 'Our Perfect Wedding'

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