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Mark Thomas interview

Wednesday 5th November 2014

For the 75th Circuit Training, our first return visitor, and a suitably epic chat with Mark Thomas. He's on often eyebrow-raising form, about arms sales, corporate spying, conspiracy theories, ISIS, Labour, and, er, clitoral stroking. But is it still comedy?


Mark Thomas interview

Monday 17th March 2014

Activist, campaigner and comedian Mark Thomas enlightens us with his views on contemporary politics, and explains his plan to commit 100 acts of 'minor dissent' before the 13th of May...


Press Clippings

Comedy podcasts round-up 2: from home and abroad

We're still some way off being able to see live performances in actual clubs and theatres, but here are some more comedy podcasts to keep your laughter quotient healthy in the meanwhile.

Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk, 6th January 2021

Interview: Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas has been one of Britain's greatest and most critically acclaimed comedians for well over three decades now, but more impressively than that is the myriad of important causes he's highlighted and helped, from human rights violations to the state of the NHS, the corruption of major political figures and the depressingly disgraceful behaviour of major corporations, and though much of this has been bleak to learn he's always managed to make it pointedly funny stuff.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 27th June 2020

Quarantine questions: Mark Thomas

An interview with the satirist during lockdown.

Becca Moody, Moody Comedy, 8th June 2020

Review - Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro

Mark Thomas is always a delight to watch: standup, storyteller, activist - all of these terms can be applied to him and all seem to fit perfectly. We missed Bravo Figaro at last year's festival, so this seems like a welcome addition to our lockdown entertainment options, streaming live on YouTube for just £5, with a percentage of ticket purchases going to the Traverse theatre.

Philip Caveney, Bouquets & Brickbats, 15th May 2020

Review - Check Up: Our NHS @ 70

As our already cash-strapped NHS is being pushed way beyond its limits by the current coronavirus crisis, it's a very good time to look again (although I missed it first time round) at Mark Thomas's passionate and meticulously researched show celebrating our health service's seventieth anniversary, which appeared in Edinburgh in 2018 and subsequently toured the UK. He's made it easier to do that by making this recording of a performance at Theatre Royal Wakefield during that tour 'free' to download for a limited time, conditional on a donation to the food bank charity the Trussell Trust, "anything from a quid to a million."

David Chadderton, British Theatre Guide, 25th March 2020

Mark Thomas releases NHS show to support food banks

Mark Thomas has made his acclaimed show Check Up - Our NHS @ 70 available to raise money for the Trussell Trust.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 20th March 2020

Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us review

This grab-bag show sheds little light on our political travails but it's stuffed with funny caricatures and plenty of myth-busting.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 28th February 2020

Streaming with laughter: 50 best stand-up comedy shows

From Bill Hicks to Hannah Gadsby, Dave Chappelle to Josie Long - here are 50 specials you can watch right now.

Paul Fleckney, Harriet Gibsone, Ellen E Jones, Brian Logan and Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 22nd February 2020