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BANKS AT BARNYARD (article first published : 2004-09-13)

Mark Banks heads for The Barnayrd Theatre at Gateway this month to “shake up a cocktail of satire and comedy”. One of South Africa’s foremost comedians, he will serve up his finest for Durban audiences with a lethal mix of his Ek’s ‘n Doos From South Africa sketches and his renowned stand-up routine.

Ek's n Doos pronounced "Exodus" and translated as "I'm an idiot", pokes fun at South Africans living abroad and offers a coconut shy of characters and situations that makes this country a satirist's smorgasbord.

The show contains numerous tongue-in-cheek digs at South African and English politicians, along with an up-to-the-minute United Nations approved lesson on "How to be politically correct while killing people" and a look at South Africa's new telly drama "Farm Murders She Wrote" starring Angela Landgrab, one of Banks personas. Banks has performed Ek’s ‘n Doos From South Africa to packed out audiences around South Africa as well as in London.

Banks started his career as a solo satirical review artist in the early 80s. His first show We're Not On Top - We're Inside, brought him to the comedy stage forefront as an incisive satirical comedy voice in South Africa. Over the past two decades he has never been at a loss for words in response to current events, whether it be social, political, environmental or everyday issues.

When asked about the show's daring title and content, Banks said "We have our own unique comedy that allows us to be creative and more importantly, as South Africans we have the ability to laugh at ourselves, so it should not be taken offensively."

Early booking is advised as the show only runs from September 21 to 26 and is deemed suitable for families. Tickets R90 (no Buy One Get One Free promotions). Bookings and enquiries on 031 566 3045, e-mail gateway@barnyardtheatre.co.za or visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za




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