Mark Thomas
Comedian, Presenter, Reporter, Columnist
Mark Thomas
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Birthday
11 April 1963
home town
South London
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Homepage
Http://www.markthomasinfo.com/
Alternative names
Thomas, Mark Clifford
Birth name
Mark Clifford Thomas
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The theater world is opening its arms to people with Tourette's and autism
LATimes - 6 months
Jess Thom has every reason to hate the theater. Thom has Tourette’s syndrome, and her tics — randomly spoken words and muscle spasms — had kept her away from the hushed performance halls in her native London. That all came to a head a few years ago at a show by English comedian Mark Thomas. Thom...
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6 Steps Great Coaches Take to Help Athletes Reach Potential
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
This story will do your heart good. Cristian Mojica is a high school student at Boston Latin Academy. He's also a football player and swimmer who is far more serious about sports than his academic development. That is, until this year. What did it take? Sitting on the side of the pool with a stopwatch timing other swimmers. His coach, along with his dad, decided Cristian needed to see the bigger picture. So when his grades came in, it was the perfect time to act. Mojica had a 1.66 grade point average last winter, and athletes at the school are required to have a 1.67 to participate. So he approached his head coach, Mark Thomas, and asked him what he could do to help him continue swimming. The kid was sure he needed their help. The coach told Cristian no one could help him get back in the pool except him. He stuck to his guns, much to the athlete's shock. "I honestly don't think he took it that serious... he didn't think it was a big deal and he'd be able to slide by. Well gues ...
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Dressed to Die For: Mary-Louise Parker in The Snow Geese, Trudie Styler in an Anglo-Irish The Seagull, Marin Ireland in Marie Antoinette
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In Sharr White's new play The Snow Geese at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, Mary-Louise Parker as Elizabeth wears black, in mourning for her dead husband, but really she is attired in Jane Greenwood's circa 1917 period detail, eh weeds, for a lost way of life. Under Daniel Sullivan's direction, a family who thinks it has money, now doesn't. Two brothers (Evan Jongkeit and Brian Cross, both very fine) vie in Oedipal conflict. Max Hohmann (Danny Burstein), a doctor put out of business because he is German, administers laudanum while his wife and Elizabeth's sister Clarissa (Victoria Clark) keeps everyone in line. The pretty Ukrainian maid Victoria (Jessica Love) learns to make coffee, now that she's a refugee from former upper class wealth. A gun brandished, fires off. Wild geese fly afrenzy as if in Hitchcock's The Birds. As soon as you know the house will go, you are in Chekhov country, even though the setting is rural New York. But geographic and psychic dislocation also mark Thomas ...
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Comedian to showcase his ‘minor dissent’
Bury Free Press - about 3 years
Comedian and political activist Mark Thomas will bring his unique brand of satire to the region.
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Tringe latest: Mark Thomas confirmed as Wednesday headliner
The Bucks Herald - over 3 years
There’s bad news and good news for comedy fans feasting themselves during the Tringe Festival, now heading into its second week. Bad news – rising star Paul Chowdhry, who has been making a name for himself with panel show appearances and a regular slot on Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week, was due to headline at Wednesday’s session at Pendley’s Court Theatre but he won’t be there. Good news – replacing him at the top of the bill at short notice is Mark Thomas, one of the most challenging comic talents on the circuit. Although perhaps best known for confrontational political stunts performed with a smile on his face, in recent years he’s been touring his Manifesto show, fielding suggestions up and down the country about how we could make life better all round and turning them into a popular Radio 4 comedy show. His moving Bravo Figaro set, a tribute to his remarkable and remarkably rude father, was one of the standout shows at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Also on Wednesday’s bill ...
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Political activist and comedian talks about how he brought an opera to his dad's bungalow
Bucks Free Press - almost 4 years
MARK Thomas isn’t someone you would mess with. He is straight to the point and it is obvious he doesn’t suffer fools gladly. And when you look at what he has achieved you can see how this might come in handy- he has had six series on Channel 4, battled multinational corporations, exposed abuses of civil liberties and even succeeded in changing laws. He spoke to Rebecca Cain ahead of his show which is about how he put an opera on for his dad in a bungalow.
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Small Utah town makes gun in every home a top priority
Fox News - almost 4 years
Officials in a small Utah town want to make sure every head of household has a firearm and knows how to use it, and they want to give school teachers training with guns too. Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen first proposed an ordinance requiring a gun in every household in the town of 1,000. The rest of the council scoffed at making it a requirement, but they unanimously agreed to move forward with an ordinance "recommending" the idea. The council also approved funding to offer concealed firearms training Friday to the 20 teachers and administrators at the local elementary school. "It sends a statement that criminals better think twice," Sorensen told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "If a teacher would have had a concealed weapon in Sandy Hook, I think the death loss would have been fewer. If sane, trained people had guns, they could have shot back." The measure, which will go before the full council in February for further review, seems to have the support of the counc ...
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Mugs May Be First Souvenir To Commemorate The Royal Baby
Huffington Post - about 4 years
As many around the world celebrated the news that royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton were expecting, British pottery company Emma Bridgewater was hard at work producing what is perhaps the first royal baby souvenir. The firm's blue, red and white mugs with the words, “A royal baby in 2013,” were in production starting Tuesday morning, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. However, they have not appeared on the company's website yet. According to the Press Association, the mugs will retail for £19.95 (about $32). The other side of the mug reads, "Hooray for Will & Kate." Emma Bridgewater's head of manufacturing Mark Thomas said his company moved quickly in order to mirror the success of its royal wedding and Queen's Jubilees sales. Plus, it's clear there's going to be a market, BBC notes. "It's also apparent from the media coverage over the last 24 hours that the American market will be strong too, so we're hoping this will help us move more sales into t ...
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Harford County Death Notices Through Oct. 1
Bel Air Patch - about 4 years
Here are links to obituaries for the communities of Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace and our neighbors around Harford County, as posted by local funeral homes: William C. Brown Community Funeral Home (Aberdeen) Thomas Matier passed away Sept. 22. Lois Byrd passed away Sept. 22. Mable Worley passed away Sept. 19. Jimmie McWhite passed away Sept. 18. Richard Graham passed away Sept. 18. Evans Funeral Chapel (Parkville) Janet Waltz passed away Oct. 1. Margaret Louderback passed away Sept. 28. Ruth Reinsfelder passed away Sept. 28. Eberhard Berger passed away Sept. 28. Charles Whiteford passed away Sept. 27. Jonathon "Tex" Stovall passed away Sept. 26. Rosa Riedlbauer passed away Sept. 26. Margaret Jones passed away Sept. 26. EmmaJean Lowery passed away Sept. 26. Jeffrey Simmons passed away Sept. 24. Marcus Clary passed away Sept. 23. John Walther passed away Sept. 23. Anita Knopp passed away Sept. 22. Holly Ullman passe ...
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Theatre review: Mark Thomas, Edinurgh Fringe
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
AS someone unfamiliar with his work, I approached my introduction to Mark Thomas with a surprising level of prejudice. He was, in my mind, always as much a political activist as he was a comedian.
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Marcus Bright: Mary Thomas Way: A Tribute to Courage and Service
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
Mary Thomas is a beacon, a benchmark, and a trailblazer for women known and unknown. She represents the power of love, family, and community. As Dr. King reminded us, "Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve." Read More... More on Chicago Around Town
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Does living together before marriage make you more likely to divorce?
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Mark Thomas and his girlfriend spent 11 years sharing a flat in South London before they decided to take the advice of their friends and family and get married.
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Video of Kelly Thomas Beating Released
JD Journal - over 4 years
  A video showing the beating of a Fullerton, California man, Kelly Thomas, has been released. Thomas was homeless and suffered from schizophrenia before he was beaten by police on July 5, 2011. The video was released on Monday at a hearing that was held to determine if the police in the case should face trial. Thomas died from his wounds. The video is 33 minutes long and it begins with Thomas being approached by Officer Manuel Ramos from the Fullerton Police Department. Ramos begins a conversation with Thomas and by the 15th minute of the video he is wearing latex gloves. Just a warning, the language in the video and this article might offend some people.   “You see my fists?” Ramos asks Thomas. “They’re getting ready to fuck you up.”   “Start punching, dude!” responds Thomas. Thomas was sitting on the ground when this dialogue began. Thomas is hit repeatedly with a baton by a second officer when Thomas tries to walk away from them. The first couple of minutes of the incid ...
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Dot To Dot Preview: Islet
Clash - over 4 years
“We try and treat every gig as if it’s the last one we’ll ever do, because you never know, it might be,” laughs Islet front-man Mark Thomas. This carefree statement sums up the Cardiff-based group’s blazé attitude towards the industry and the energetic spontaneity of their live shows. Playing Dot To Dot festival this year, those with a ticket can expect to see a fervent set as part of the first UK tour since debut album ‘Illuminated People’ was released. In its eighth year, Dot To Dot is well-established and never fails to deliver an impressive line-up. Taking place in Bristol, Manchester, and Nottingham over the course of three days, everyone on the bill travels to a different city each night. “It’s is a great festival,” Mark enthuses. “We played there a couple of years ago in a room upstairs, then afterwards went downstairs and watched Liars. I always love festivals like that where you can wander around and all of a sudden be watching one of your favourite bands.” ...
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Mark Thomas - Extreme Rambling (Walking the Wall)
The Canberra Times - over 4 years
Mark Thomas has a somewhat unusual premise for his comedy show.
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Mack Thomas
The Daily Sentinel - over 4 years
Mack Thomas, age 83 of Scottsboro, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at his residence. 
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Bakery, sandwich shop opens next week in town - Altavista
Google News - over 5 years
A new business, one that should be pleasing to the taste buds, will open the day after Labor Day in Altavista. Granny P's Sweet Shoppe, located at 810 Main St. and owned by Jerry and Patricia Kelly,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Thomas
1963
Born on April 11, 1963.
1974
Mark Thomas was born in South London. His mother was a midwife and his father a self-employed builder (and ex-lay preacher). Thomas was educated at Macaulay Church of England Primary School, Victoria Rise, Clapham until 1974, where his party trick was to recite the first verses of the four gospels from memory.
He then won a scholarship to attend the independent Christ's Hospital School, where he attained O-levels and A-levels in English, history, and politics and economics. At school, Thomas was influenced by his drama teacher, Duncan Noel-Paton, and by Bertolt Brecht's play The Caucasian Chalk Circle, in which the audience's sympathies are swayed from one view of a political argument to the other; speaking of this to The Guardian in 1999, he said "I was amazed that a play could make you change your mind". He went on to be awarded a degree in Theatre Arts at Bretton Hall College. After graduating, Thomas subsequently embarked on his comedy career, initially supporting himself through working on building sites with his father. Thomas' early exposure to comedy was through watching and listening to Dave Allen, Steptoe and Son, The Goon Show and Tony Hancock; his biggest influence was hearing a recording of Alexei Sayle: "It was like someone had kicked the door in - just listening to that tape and thinking that someone could do this stuff". He went on to write material for Dave Allen.
1993
He then became the resident stand-up comic on Saturday Zoo, a Channel 4 comedy series first screened in 1993 and appeared on an episode of Have I Got News for You.
He co-presented the highly successful Radio 1 comedy talk show Loose Talk with Kevin Day, and is a founder member of the London Comedy Store's hard hitting Cutting Edge show. His political comedy show, The Mark Thomas Comedy Product (later renamed as simply The Mark Thomas Product, to reflect its increasing political agenda) on Channel 4 earned him criticism from politicians but was seen by critics as a crucial investigative tool. In one edition, Thomas investigated the practice of avoiding inheritance tax by declaring art, furniture, homes and land available for public viewing. After discovering that Conservative MP Nicholas Soames was claiming tax relief on a "three-tier mahogany buffet with partially reeded slender balustrade upright supports" on this basis, but without making any arrangements for the furniture to be inspected by the public, Thomas invented a 'National Soames Day' on which hundreds of people made appointments to see the furniture. Soames subsequently decided to pay the tax on the item and Gordon Brown, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, changed the law.
2001
He wrote a regular column for the New Statesman between 2001 and 2007.
The parliamentary committee which oversees weapons exports, the House of Commons Quadripartite Select Committee, commended him for his undercover work, which led to official warning letters being issued to a number of companies. His work in this area is covered in As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela: Underground Adventures in the Arms and Torture Trade, a book chronicling his experiences undercover, his political activism and his projects designed to find and report loopholes in arms trading laws, which culminated in a controversial un-broadcast Newsnight report about the Hinduja brothers.
2005
Whilst promoting this book on his latest tour, Thomas is also organising mass lone demonstrations, in protest at the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, which prevents any demonstrations around London's Parliament Square without prior police approval.
The last event attracted over 100 'lone protesters' at the same time.
2006
In 2006, he was added to the Guinness Book of Records for most demonstrations held on one day: 20 individual protests in 20 different locations.
He actually performed 21 protests, but as the first and last took place at the same location, it was agreed that only 20 would count. However, his record was beaten in 2010 by the Freman College Amnesty group, who held 23 demonstrations.
2008
In 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bradford, for services to peace and for his work as a comedian, political activist, presenter and investigative journalist, especially for his effective campaigning on the ethics of the arms trade.
The university has a long-standing Department of Peace Studies.
2009
In 2009, Thomas launched the Huddersfield Policy postcard campaign, petitioning the Queen with protests against the prospect of a state funeral for Margaret Thatcher.
For his 'It's The Stupid Economy' UK tour in 2009, Mark played 55 shows over 14 weeks (between March and end July) and encouraged each audience to come up with their own policies (silly or serious) that would somehow make their lives better, forming a "People's Manifesto".
Each audience then got to vote on their favourite policy of that evening and the winning suggestion then formed part of his manifesto which he will then campaign for and attempt to actually make at least some of the suggestions become reality.
2010
In April 2010, Thomas was awarded £1200 compensation for a search carried out by police in 2007.
He had been unlawfully subject to a stop-and-search without adequate cause, after speaking at an anti-arms rally.
During 2010 Thomas decided to go rambling in the Middle East and walked the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier, crossing between the Israeli and the Palestinian side.
His touring show entitled "Walking The Wall" (2011) and his book Extreme Rambling recounted the story. In addition to being recognised for his comedy career, Mark Thomas has been awarded various citations for his political campaigning, including: He was also made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Bradford on 3 December 2008, in recognition of his peace campaigning and services to comedy. In February 2009 British entertainers David Baddiel, Bill Bailey, Morwenna Banks, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jo Brand, Russell Brand, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Jack Dee, Omid Djalili, Sean Lock, Lee Mack, Alexei Sayle, Meera Syal, Mark Thomas said in an open letter printed in The Times newspaper of the Bahá'í leaders to be on trial in Iran: "In reality, their only “crime”, which the current regime finds intolerable, is that they hold a religious belief that is different from the majority…. we register our solidarity with all those in Iran who are being persecuted for promoting the best development of society …(and) with the governments, human rights organisations and people of goodwill throughout the world who have so far raised their voices calling for a fair trial, if not the complete release of the Baha’i leaders in Iran." Echoing the comments earlier in the month made by two hundred and sixty seven non-Bahá'í Iranian academics, writers, artists, journalists and activists from 21 countries including Iran who signed an open letter of apology posted to Iranian.com and stating they were "ashamed" and pledging their support in Bahá'ís achieving the rights detailed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the Bahá'ís in Iran.
2015
In 2015, Thomas told The Independents Adam Jacques: "I try to find the good in my enemies.
It's not unusual to be able to get on with people despite what they are doing being awful. The only person I have met who I considered to be without any redeeming features was … Nicholas Soames. … He was such a pantomime baddie."
Prior to the 2015 UK general election, he was one of several celebrities who endorsed the parliamentary candidacy of the Green Party's Caroline Lucas.
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