Mark Thomas Biog

  • Mark has been performing comedy for 30 years
  • He has written 5 books
  • Curated and authored 2 art exhibitions
  • Won 5 awards for performing, 3 for human rights work and 1 he invented for himself
  • He has taken the police to court 3 times and has won twice. The third is on going
  • He made 6 series of the Mark Thomas Comedy Product for Channel 4
  • He made 3 Dispatches for Channel 4
  • He was commissioned to write 1 new show for the Royal Opera House
  • He has made 5 series of the Manifesto for Radio 4
  • He was a Guinness World Record holder for holding 20 protests in 24 hours
  • He has given evidence to Parliamentary select committees on 2 occasions
  • He has walked 724km around the length of the Israel Wall in the West Bank
  • He has been credited with changing the law on tax avoidance bringing in £1,000,000s for HMRC
  • He has performed in 4 continents and in 10 countries
  • He has performed 4 shows at the National Theatre
  • He has cost 1 councillor and one government minister their job
  • He has tried to get the government in court over the Iraq war once
  • He cost BNF over £1m in clean up operations after exposing irradiated pigeon shit
  • He was a columnist for the New Statesman magazine for 4 years though it might be 5
  • The 100 Acts of Minor Dissent campaigned successfully for trade union recognition for cinema workers, got a multinational to change their practices, brought 4 court cases and annoyed lots of people
  • How to describe his work? A mix of standup, theatre, journalism and the odd bout of performance art. He is 52 years old and doesn’t care if it sounds pretentious
  • He has shares in 1 dog, owned by family
  • He was born in South London in 1963