In 1985, Mark banks entered the Grahamstown Festival Eistedford and came 71st out of an astounding lot of entries with his first one man show Stars of south Africa. Since the year of his founding, Mark has endeavoured to perform at least one new show a year. Once these have been completed in Diane Wilson’s Hout Bay garage, they are then toured around the country , provinces, cities and zip codes. Among the many legendary shows, Banks has written and performed in are the hilarious ‘We’re Not On Top’….. We’re Inside ( winner of the prestigious Epol Late Entry Award) at the Glooly’s Farm Dog Show).
Other benches mark productions over the years and years have been:
It’s getting Harder (An early candid look at the White House)
Laughing all the way to the Banks ( a comic soporiific)
The Titanic ( a disaster)
The Kosher Father Christmas
A Bit off the Mark
Stark Raving Mark
Overstepping the Mark
Room with a Revue
Ghandi ( a tribute)
Saturday Night Lemur ( in association with the Madagascar Men’s Choir)
The Banks Act.
When Mark is not busy entertaining as a Comedian, Master of Ceremonies, Satirist and Satire related duties involving fun things, he moonlights with a guest spot on Safm’s Big Big Brunch show, BBC World Service Weather Report and occasionally helps out with Port Elizabeth ‘s radio Algoa Memories are Made of This ……… old folk’s nostalgia request programme.
Mark Banks represented South Africa at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 1996 where he was awarded absolutely nothing as no awards are given at this prestigious event. It’s not that sort of “do”. Among his achievements, he wrote the screenplay for the English patient and hand carved a life statue of Celine Dion for the Durban City Hall.