Mark Thomas Q&A


Mark Thomas

‘Famous Last Words’ with comedian Mark Thomas…

Following a total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run once again, one of comedy’s elder statesmen and all-round arty mischief-maker continues his 8th nationwide tour with a comedy of betrayal. Mark Thomas tells his true story of how Britain’s biggest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, came to spy on a comedian in this five star, multi-award winning, critically acclaimed tale of hubris, planes, demos and undercover deceit.

We asked him for his ‘Famous Last Words’…

Last thing you did that made you feel good?
Slugging. Going round the garden in the early autumn and one by one finding those little buggers – and naturally their mates, the snails – and pitching the little bastards over my garden wall, into Tesco’s car park. That’ll make any man feel good.

Last thing you’d want to be doing right now?
Open heart surgery on my mum.

Last night on Earth… What’s your poison?
Espresso from my stove pot. I buy a stove pot every year and when the handles are melted at the end and the insides are brown, I stand it down. If it is my last night on earth I want to be awake.

mark thomas interview yorkshireLast supper… What are you ordering?
Fugu, Japanese pufferfish. “Waiter I’m having Fugu with my very good friend Piers Morgan.” This is my last night I might as well try and be useful.

“I want to appear in a Kung Fu movie”

Last person you’d want to share a drink with?
Nigel Farage. He really is the last person I would want a drink with.

Last time you shed a tear and why?
Watching It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve. It started when James Stewart finds Zu Zu’s petals and ended with the titles. It is a tradition in our house that we cook Christmas Eve tea after I have cried, so I have to do it or we go hungry.

Last refuge… where would you go?
Home. The family have always wanted to beat me at Boggle, let’s give them one last chance.

Last the course… tips on loot, love & life?
Anyone who relies on maxims for knowledge is an idiot, that’s my motto.

Last but one… random question: Tell us about something that interests you that nobody else knows about. Like Gaelic football… or porcelain.
I want to appear in a Kung Fu movie. I love Jackie Chan movies. Chan is the Buster Keaton of action movies. I love the Ong Bak movies and Tony Jaa too, though not strictly speaking Kung Fu. I really really, really want to appear in a martial arts film, just as a baddie or a bystander, or any walk on part really.

Famous Last Words?
“Barman I’ll have a pint of foaming fugu ale with my very good friend Nigel Farage.”


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