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BW SPOTLIGHT: Marcus Banks, New Rochelle’s Young Gunner of Comedy

bd1a5c_5f817b0722db4ad8ac275422d4b3ab15Hailing from UCLA – The University of the Corner of Lincoln Avenue is New Rochelle’s own, Marcus Banks, the Young Gunner of Comedy. At the ripe old age of 25, this young man is his own brand, Marcus Banks Comedy, LLC, making an appearance in his first movie (playing an ex-record executive turn radio programmer at a Baltimore radio station), in the upcoming ‘Can’t Live Without My Radio,‘ in addition to working on his own DVD, titled ‘Refund Check,’ is touring nationwide with funnyman Mike Epps and Y.O. emcee Jadakiss and his career is in the good hands of DJ Kid Capri’s longtime manager, Kristi Clifford.

Inspired by the likes of Robin Harris, Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence and others (all he would love to work with or would love to have had a chance to work with), Marcus puts it all on the line and nothing is off limit, like one of my favorite skits about being arrested for a warrant his father Marcus Banks Sr., had for not paying child support that was for him.

He’s been a jokester, always the class clown and impersonating people all of his life but it wasn’t until January 2010 when he officially started writing jokes. His stage presence, combined with his timing and of course humor show his incredible confidence.

The dedicated grinder “no days off when your chasing a dream”, like many others from the 914, Banks believes that “your success depends on your commitment to your dreams.” His style is urban “short-form storytelling” and “multipurpose phrases” with an edgy cool attitude. One of his greatest traits is his is just unapologetically who he is and you are either with it or you’re not. From the reviews and the heavily viewed YouTube page, the people definitely are with him.

13565963_10153630218162411_971490362_nIf you don’t know the name, make a mental note right now because you will be hearing a lot from this young comedian. From the streets of Lincoln Ave (a LA Boy 4 life) he has come long way from the LA Boyz Community Day Black parties to rocking stages everywhere from Carnival Cruises to schools like John Jay School of Criminal Law and all throughout the Northeast and South. Now M. Banks is rocking stages nationwide with Mike Epps and Jadakiss.

Even though he on nationwide tours, appeared in his first movie (release date TBA), and working on his own DVD, he never forgets where he came from. He host the monthly Comedy Thursday at Mangoville Restaurant Bar and Grill (134 North Avenue, New Rochelle) every Thursday night since October 2015, and will be celebration his 25th birthday on Thursday, July 7th at Mangoville as well.

Check out Marcus on Gotham Comedy Live

Banks always has a little ‘what the f**k’ in his voice, questioning why seemingly smart people do such dumb things. He’s renowned for his open, free-style, and critical form of comedy which integrates politics, urban plight, and sexual innuendos.

Black Westchester salutes and spotlights the future of comedy, homegrown talent, 914 representer, Marcus Banks!

You can also check out Marcus Banks at the Westchester County Center, Saturday, July 16th at The Empire Strikes Back Concert staring all the Ruff Ryder artists and doubling as the birthday party from Ruff Ryder’s CEO Dee.

For more information on Marcus Banks check his website and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube


About AJ Woodson (2375 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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