Money rules.

Or does it?

In the one-man show, "Man 1, Bank 0," at the American Theatre, comedian Patrick Combs guides the audience through a convoluted trip through a six-month battle he waged with his bank in 1995. The subject may seem dull, but the talented Combs skillfully keeps the audience off balance, hanging on his every word.

It all starts when, as a joke, Combs deposits a fake check he receives for $95,093.35 as part of a promotional campaign. Assuring the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe audience that every word he says is true, Combs projects photos of his bank, the First Interstate Bank of California in San Francisco, on the screen behind him. After he deposits the check into the bank's ATM machine, he figures it will just be immediately rejected because the words "non-negotiable" are printed across the top.

But, to his amazement, the ATM accepts the check, and he learns his bank balance is $101,207.41. After seven days when the balance is still the same, he starts to think that maybe he can get away with it.

"Boy, I can use the money," he says. "I owe $45,000 in credit card debt."

But lurking in the back of his mind are dark thoughts about prison. He calls his older brother Mike, who works with IBM, and tells him the story. Mike warns him: "For that kind of money, someone may come after you, like at night."

After he tells his story to "The Wall Street Journal," Combs is interviewed on screen by dozens of television personalities, ranging from Diane Sawyer to Brian Williams. Catch this terrifically funny show, and see if you don't feel happier having met the fearless Combs. Yes, you CAN fight "too big to fail."