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Mark Banks

Mark Banks is one of the most recognised and respected stand-up comedians of his time.In 25 years of comedy, Mark boasts at least one new one-man show each year, all of which he writes and performs himself. Since his acclaimed inception to comedy, Mark has continuously played to packed houses nationwide. Widely recognised for his political satire and commonplace poke at the rich and famous, nothing and no one is sacred to Mark's blatant humour. Notoriously un-PC, Mark claims to have started performing at the age of 11 when he was "able to balance an entire Zulu rondavel and its contents on ...

Mark Banks News

Updated January 10, 2013
With over 20 years in the comedy industry, the legendary Mark Banks is back with “Banksrupt!, a new, one-man show at ...
Johannesburg, 14 August 2012: Comedy lovers will have plenty to laugh about at the latest edition of Comedy Central ...

Full Biography

Mark Banks is one of the most recognised and respected stand-up comedians of his time.

In 25 years of comedy, Mark boasts at least one new one-man show each year, all of which he writes and performs himself. Since his acclaimed inception to comedy, Mark has continuously played to packed houses nationwide. Widely recognised for his political satire and commonplace poke at the rich and famous, nothing and no one is sacred to Mark's blatant humour.

Notoriously un-PC, Mark claims to have started performing at the age of 11 when he was "able to balance an entire Zulu rondavel and its contents on his chin while singing 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing' by the then New Seekers."

Mark represented South Africa at the 1996 'Just For Laughs Comedy Festival' in Montreal and in 2010 was a cast member of the successful Bafunny Bafunny tour which performed to sold out venues including the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.

Critics have both praised and slated him for his content over the years, but Mark's feeling of indifference to such inanity has merely pushed and influenced his repertoire to convincingly being described as 'the Grand Dowager uncle of the South African comedy underground', Mark Banks' glittering career as the only IMAX-size joke maker in the country has served as a beacon for comedy in the 21st Century…"