60 second stand-up: Mark Thomas

We spend 60 laugh filled seconds with comedian Mark Thomas. 

What’s your favourite of your own jokes?

I used to open a show by looking at the audience and saying, “What are they singing about in opera?” I’d then pretend to be a tenor and start singing utter filth. 


What’s the best part of your current tour?

I tell the true story of how I was once writing in chalk on the pavement, when a pensioner came up to me and said, “Putin is trying to stop this. I will join you.” 


Watch Mark in action (contains strong language):


Your most memorable heckle?

One lady heckled me and apologised for it when we met 25 years later. 


Funny tales about a time you bombed on stage?

One time I was performing at a student union in Scotland. It wasn’t the best gig in the world, and I got escorted out by security. They’d quite literally got me a taxi.


What’s your favourite one-liner?

I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.


Who’s your comedy inspiration?

Dave Allen, Alexei Sayle, Woody Allen… generally people who do things their own way.


If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I’d have the Midas Touch in reverse: the Pauper’s Touch. Anywhere the rich were getting too uppity, I’d go round with my power of penury and make them poor.