Comedy Review: Mark Banks On Ice – Slippery Slope To Silliness, Or Of Ha! And Hope


Bruce Dennill

Writer. Reader. Singer. Songwriter. Believer. Likes to learn.

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Bruce Dennill


Mark Banks On Ice / Studio, Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg

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Now in his 60th year, comedian Mark Banks, in his umpteenth solo show, continues to do what comes naturally to him: talk informed but surreal nonsense. Reviewing his performances on the supposition that the following show will contain even a reasonable amount of the same content is potentially futile. Which is, of course, no bad thing, particularly if you are a big enough fan to go to more than one performance in this run. But it does mean that Mark Banks is essentially a standalone comedy subgenre, and a production in which he is the only star should perhaps be looked at a pie out of which he cuts and serves a piece every night.

One theme which will be addressed is the gimmick of the production’s name, which Banks can and does explain in a number of ways. On the evening of the performance under review, his introduction to how the 75-minute set would probably play…

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