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August 07, 2013

South African Comedian Mark Banks’ Top Reasons to Love Cape Town

The ever hilarious Mark Banks shares his top reasons to Love Cape Town with us. Photo courtesy of DIVA PR

His latest one man show, Banksrupt! at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch is heating up the local entertainment scene leaving no doubt that hilarious local comedian Mark Banks is in top form. But why does he love Cape Town?

Watching him in his first stand-up show in several years, and it's apparent that Mark a shrewd joker. When he wasn't tickling funny bones nationally in major comedy shows like Bafunny Bafunny he was observing the residents of the Mother City, and the moral, financial state of the country, for comical detail.

Using an entertaining mix of sketch, stand-up and video, his impressions of everything, from dodgy estate agents to misleading tour guides and political leaders, are on point and side-splittingly funny.

Mark, who was born in Manchester in the UK, shares his top reasons to Love Cape Town with us:

What are your top 3 things to do in Cape Town?

Just three? It would have to be lunch at Rhodes Memorial restaurant, sundowners at the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa in Camps Bay and a  train ride to Simon’s Town on a very rainy day.

What inspires you?

I’m constantly inspired by the fact that  every day in Cape Town is different ... and no matter what happens, Capetonians deal with it. Capetonians have a natural inbuilt ability to deal with anything!

Tell us about the funniest experience you’ve had in Cape Town?

My funniest Cape Town experience was accidentally being mistaken for a Bollywood film star at a lovely five-star hotel and I got upgraded to presidential suite. I had to hotfoot it when they started putting two and two together!

Any advice for aspirant comics?

Have no nerves and perform in front of a live audience no matter how big or small. Think you are funny and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Keep at it. Audience, humour, reception, appeal and currency change every day – so change with it.

What is your favourite spot to watch comedy in Cape Town?

My favourite spot (certainly for performing) would have to be Jou Ma Se Comedy Club in Observatory ... Kurt Schoonraad has a fine shop there and something for everyone!

Why do you love Cape Town?

I love Cape Town because I know where everyone and everything is ... and isn't! Nothing is ever a problem in Cape Town ... unless you make it one! I wouldn't live anywhere else in the world.


Catch Mark Banks in Banksrupt! at the Baxter Theatre until Saturday 10 August, 2013. Book your tickets at Computicket.

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