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Steven Banks: Home Entertainment Center (1989)

In this brilliant one-man show, the mild-mannered, thirty-something Steven Banks arrives home after a long day at his dead-end corporate job, still dreaming of being a rock star. Steven ... See full summary »

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In this brilliant one-man show, the mild-mannered, thirty-something Steven Banks arrives home after a long day at his dead-end corporate job, still dreaming of being a rock star. Steven receives a message on his machine from his boss, Mr. Buttle, informing him that he never received an urgent speech Steven wrote for the board of directors. Steven must scramble to write a new one, but he has less than an hour to do it. Along the way, he continually procrastinates and distracts himself from the task at hand, playing with toys and various musical instruments, baking cookies, putting on costumes, leafing through an old high school yearbook and performing some hilarious original songs along the way. Meanwhile, he's got to deal with his grumpy landlord Mr. Mescue, his clingy girlfriend Phoebe and even a broken toilet. Will Steven ever finish his speech? Or does fate have something else in mind for him? Written by The Keymaster

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House of the Rising Sun
Traditional, arranged by Clarence "Tom" Ashley
[Incorrectly credited as written by Clarence "Tom" Ashley]
Performed by Steven Banks
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Brilliant comic, where is he now?
26 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

More than any other comic act in the 80's this is the one I love the most. I only wish he had done more and made it big! "Home Entertainment Center" is really quite clever; it's many things at the same time: a play, a comic skit, a musical showpiece. It's also a remarkable demonstration of one man's talent. I mean, the guy can play just about any musical instrument known to humankind. He does great impressions. His sense of humor simultaneously straddles both the sophisticated and silly. Now, while that may not appeal to every person, I have yet to meet anyone who has seen this show who doesn't love it. What else do I need to say? Oh yeah: Bring Steven Banks to DVD!!


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