After several years of working on the biggest comedy line-up shows in South Africa, Mark Banks stages his triumphant return to the Cape Town stand up comedy circuit with his one man show ‘Banksrupt!’, on at the Baxter Theatre from July 31 for a limited season.
Years in the making, ‘Banksrupt!’ promises to the comedian’s greatest comedy work yet, with stand-up, sketch and video seamlessly interwoven.
Banks explains the title ‘Banksrupt!’ is about where we are as a nation – financially, morally, and mentally broke – and he duly sketches out the villains behind this sorry state in which the country finds itself, obviously all tongue-in-cheek to keep it humorous and interesting.
John Vlismas, Creative Director of Whacked:Special Project, refers to Banks as a pioneer of the sketch format. “Mark’s’ sketch work in the 1980’s was edgy, theatrical, subversive and very inventive. When I saw him for the first time in the Playhouse Studio it was a powerful moment for me, because I suddenly knew clearly what I wanted to do”.
He continues to explain that Banks is the quintessential jester, an anarchist with intellect and insight, putting comedy and discomfort right next to each other.
* ‘Banksrupt!’ will show at the Baxter Theatre from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8.30pm until August 10.
Tickets are R100 through Computicket.
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