August 07, 2013
South African Comedian Mark Banks’ Top Reasons to Love Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
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?
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?
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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