About Mark Banks
Since his commended inauguration to comedy, Mark has constantly played to packed houses countrywide. Widely renowned for his political satire and commonplace dig at the rich and famous, nonentity and no one is sacred to Mark's flagrant humour.
Notoriously un-PC, Mark states to have started acting out 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."
Critics have both commended and slated him for his content through the years, but Mark's feeling of indifference to such inanity has simply pushed and influenced his collection to convincingly being described as 'the Grand Dowager uncle of the South African comedy underground', Mark Banks' glittering livelihood as the only IMAX-size joke fabricator in the country has served as a inspiration for comedy in the 21st Century…".
Mark embodied South Africa at the 1996 'Just For Laughs Comedy Festival' in Montreal and in 2010 was a cast participant of the successful Bafunny Bafunny tour which performed to sold out locations including the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.
Mark Banks – Comedian, Actor and MC - Johannesburg
Mark Banks has been in the comedy industry for over 25 years. He writes and performs his own comedy spectacles and material, he is fervent about his comedy work.
In Mark Banks’ spare time he manages an organic, hydroponic cocktail cucumber farm in Swellendam. He quotes “It’s grown only on a prayer”.
Mark Banks also works as a Master of Ceremonies (MC) for any kind of award ceremonies, corporate functions, banquets and symposiums. He enthralled the crowds at “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival in Montreal. Mark has been reviewed by critics for his comedy for many years of which he has a tendency to thrive on which makes him even better than before.
Mark Banks claims that his “We’re Not On Top…. We’re Inside”, won the esteemed Epol Late Entry Award at Gilooly’s Farm Dog Show. Mark has performed on television regularly and has been a Tv Presenter and has been interviewed and featured in numerous advertisements. Mark has also done a one-man comedy show that encompassed a smart and brilliant title “Eks ‘n Doos van Suid-Afrika” which shots at the locals living abroad. He has also completed a lot of missionary work for the hearing-impaired, disabled and old-aged people.
His most recent award was being one of the cast who performed with the Bafunny Bafunny tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London in May 2010 which was then took home to South Africa.
Mark Banks’ other happiness lie in writing about the strangest of subjects. Eg. “A to Z compilation book of the lemurs of Madagascar” for visitors to Cape Town, “training a coelacanth to leap through a hoop of crusty bread rolls” and “completing a volume works on Chinchilla Respiratory Tract Infections”.
Mark Banks is an proficient comedian who grows from gift to greatness.
To think his first break came at the Grahamstown Festival in 1986 where he was marked by Diane Wilson, after which he did a number of revues, climaxing in hundreds of shows all around South Africa.
Mark Banks has been over-commented on by the press and the public ever since. His assemblies – which he both writes and performs, have played to packed houses nationwide and Mark Banks is widely acknowledged as one of the favourite Master of Ceremonies at corporate gatherings from Awards banquets to Conferences at which he delivers light relief through the event, to golf days and the like. Mark Banks is well known for his memorable stand-up comedy routines in front of many thousands of the country’s top judgement makers around the country.
Mark Banks defines himself as an abject gambler and commentator and is presently completing a volume of works on Chinchilla Respiratory Tract Infections in time for this year’s Christmas STOCKING .