About Mark Banks

Mark Banks


Since his commended inauguration to comedy, Mark has constantly performed to packed houses countrywide. He is widely renowned for his political satire and commonplace dig at the rich and famous. Nobody is sacred to Mark's flagrant humour.

Notoriously un-PC, Mark states he started acting out at the age of eleven 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 applauded and slated him for his content through the years, but Mark's feeling of indifference to such frivolousness 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 an 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 for 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 entertained audiences in the comedy industry for over twenty-five years. He writes and performs his own comedy spectacles and material and is always fervent about his work in comedy.

In his 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 awards ceremonies, corporate functions, banquets and symposiums. He enthralled the crowds at “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival in Montreal. Mark has been under the relentless scope of critics for many years, on which he has the tendency to thrive and makes him even better.

Mark claims to have won the esteemed Epol Late Entry Award at Gilooly’s Farm Dog Show for his “We’re Not On Top…. We’re inside”. He has also regularly performed on television as well as spent some time being a TV presenter. He has also been interviewed and featured in numerous advertisements.

Mark has also done a one-man comedy show that incorporated a smart and brilliant title, “Ek’s ‘n Doos van Suid-Afrika” which shoots at the locals living abroad. He has also done a lot of missionary work for the hearing-impaired, disabled and old-aged people.

Other enjoyments of the incredibly funny Mark Banks include writing about the strangest of subjects, like his A-Z compilation book of the lemurs in 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 a proficient comedian who grew from gift to greatness.

To think his first break came at the Grahams Town 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 has been over-commented on by the press ever since. His gatherings, which he both writes and performs, have played to packed houses nationwide. He is widely acknowledged as one of the favourite Master’s-of-Ceremonies at corporate functions, awards banquets, conferences at which he delivers light relief throughout the event and golf days.

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 a hopeless gambler and commentator and is presently completing a volume of works on Chinchilla Respiratory Tract Infections in time for this year’s Christmas STOCKING.

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  1. Mark Banks New Comedy Show - Article by Pieter Toerien

Mark Banks