Episode 17 – Mark Thomas
SnapSessions! presents Episode 17, a special installment devoted entirely to an interview and selected comedy riffs from British comic and political activist, Mark Thomas. Thomas has been active as a comedian, satirist, and muck-raking journalist since the mid-1980s in the UK and beyond.
Thomas talks about his working-class upbringing with his builder Dad and nurse/midwife Mom in south London. He talks of his first awakening to the power of political theater as a drama student at Bretton Hall in northern England. He regales us with stories of his days on the character-filled British alternative cabaret circuit in and around London. His British TV shows include his very successful work on Channel 4’s The Mark Thomas Comedy Product and Dispatches. Highlights include his hammering of various British and international political figures over the years. In the end we talk with Mark about some of his books, including As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela, Extreme Rambling: Walking Israel’s Separation Barrier for Fun, and The People’s Manifesto. Various of Mark’s performance riffs from Sex, Filth, and Religion (1995), The Mark Thomas Political Comedy Stand Up Show (2005), and Dispatches—The After School Arms Club (2007) are also included in this podcast.
Episode 17 is 66:30 minutes long and includes an intro, and the interview and selected comedy highlights with Comedian, political activist, and avant-garde journalist Mark Thomas (starts at 1:30).
SnapSessions! includes original music by Marshall Brown, production by Marshall Brown and Ken Krauss, voiceovers by Ken Krauss and Doug Nunn, and articles and interviews by Doug Nunn. Our SnapSessions! artist and logo maker is caricaturist, Daniel Stieglitz.
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