He’s one of the most recognized and respected comedians of his time. In over 25…
I’ve never walked out of a comedy show, but there’s a first time for everything. Most comedians have a strong repertoire of funny jokes and a few distasteful ones – some even laugh out loud and snort jokes if you’re lucky. Sometimes there are a few cr*ppy jokes, but if the rest of the set is strong enough, there’s usually plenty wiggle room to leave it behind. At times any comedian can lose a crowd for a few minutes here and there – it’s the nature of the craft. But not being able to hold the audience at all is a problem for me.
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I was excited to see Mark Banks on Ice at the Pieter Thorien. He’s still hailed as one of the industry stalwarts, so expectations were high. I don’t know if it was a bad, mad or sad day, but I was horribly disappointed. Mark’s material was old, predictable and really not funny – even he himself admitted he was waffling 15 minutes into the show. Of course, comedy is about ripping into and interrogating current issues, but this particular set did neither. If anything, it was a barrage of insults about people in the service industry with no laughable insight.
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