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Mark Banks

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Mark Banks is a South African comedian and actor who has been a stalwart of South African comedy since the 1980s and is known for his political satire and comedic commentary on the lives of the rich and famous.

Since his inception to comedy in the 1980s, Mark has continuously played to packed houses nationwide. 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."

His constant banter and uncontained one-liners have often lent him praise as MC for award ceremonies, corporate functions, banquets and conferences, whereby he casually digs in to all and sundry with his potent brand of Banks humour.

Mark represented South Africa at the 1996 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, his first one-man show - Stars of South Africa - received critical reviews, and he performed in the memorable We're Not On Top... We're Inside (a play on a famous television commercial for Cremora in the 1980s - "It's not inside... it's on top!").

Other one man shows include the content-based Ek's 'n Doos from South Africa (pronounced exodus). Loosely translated, it pokes fun at locals living abroad, and is a raucous laugh a minute as well as "Laughing all the way to the Banks", to name a few.

His productions have played to packed houses nationwide and Mark is widely recognised in comedic circles. He has also appeared regularly on TV as presenter or interviewee, as well as having featured in several adverts.

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.

In 2014 he was one of the team captains of the e.tv game show I Love South Africa.


Television Roles

Show

Character

Celebrity Guest - Himself

Captain - Himself

Captain - Himself

Basil Kauwitz

Correspondent - Himself

Gas-deelnemer

Cast Member

Guest

Jaws' Accountant

Presenter - Himself


LATEST ARTICLES

New on TV today: Sunday 11 April

Amazing Voices returns to Mzansi Magic and the drama Council of Dads starts a run on Vuzu.


New on TV today: Saturday 10 April

Reality show Abazali starts on Wethu and Curiosity takes you down The World's Most Dangerous Roads.


New! It's Complicated Teasers - April 2021

Introducing the first teasers for Zee World's new weekend series about Jassi who loves two men.


King of Hearts Teasers - April 2021

Exposed: DD’s conniving plans. And Sid gets arrested for attempted murder.


Begusarai Teasers - April 2021

Begusarai reloads on Zee World on 10 April for weekend double bills at 17h00 and 18h00.


Queen of the South 2 Teasers - May 2021

Teresa and her team are kidnapped.


Ring of Fire Teasers - April 2021

Schedule alert! Ring of Fire loses Saturdays and Sundays from this weekend (10th) with the premieres of It's Complicated and Begusarai (repeat).


Law of the Heart Teasers - May 2021

Andres proposes to Catalina!


New on TV today: Friday 9 April

Four shows start on SABC3 tonight including the mockumentary Tali's Wedding Diary.


The Cost of Love Teasers - April 2021

A mother tries to stop her own daughter from being happy.

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