21 Nov 2013
AFTER spending the past few years as part of the Bafunny Bafunny comedy team, veteran comedian Mark Banks is having fun presenting his new one-man show, Banksrupt!.
“There are so many comedians around now that when you’re part of a line-up, you sometimes don’t get near the mic?…?and it sometimes feels like being part of a buffet.
“With this show, I get to provide the starter, main course and the dessert,” says Banks, who has been performing his brand of political satire and madcap comedy for 25 years.
In his latest show?—?which is on at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus until Sunday?—?nothing and no one is sacred.
Banks pokes fun at everything, from the Durban street-name changes to Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, school setworks, the Zapiro cartoon that upset many in the Hindu community, fireworks and the way banks charge for every single transaction.
Drawing his inspiration from what he hears and reads in the media and his own experiences, Banks says the show is different now from what it was when he began touring Bankrupt! in January.
“I’ve done it in Port Elizabeth, East London and Cape Town.
“It changes and mutates as it goes, and I keep it topical with events in the news. Things happen so quickly now that the whole show can change in a day,” he says.
Talking about the title of the show, Banks explains that Bankrupt! reflects his view that