Mark Thomas: ‘I love seeing my dog chase squirrels’

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He’s a self-described ‘libertarian anarchist’ who is just as renowned for his political activism as his comedy.

Mark Thomas, 51, who hails from South London, is preparing to bring his theatre show, Cuckooed, to The Point in Eastleigh.

The show sees Mark explore the story of how BAE Systems allegedly infiltrated the anti-arms trade movement and ended up spying on him.

He spoke to Stuart Anderson about a run-in with the police, dogs chasing squirrels and what makes him laugh.

When did you first realise you were funny?

One evening , aged eight, I was told to go to bed by my mum.

My dad was talking to my uncle on the doorstep and instead of saying goodnight to him I plagiarised a gag from Steptoe and Son. They thought it hilarious and my dad picked me up in his arms while continuing the conversation with my uncle – I stayed up for an extra 10 minutes.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

An estate agent because that is not really a proper job either.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Winning £1,200 compensation off the Met police for an unlawful stop and search. I used the money to help fund a project – walking the length of the Israeli wall in the West Bank. When I later toured the show of that walk I had ‘financially supported by the Metropolitan Police’ printed on the posters.

Tell us about three things that make you laugh.

One is watching my dog chasing squirrels – the perfect summation of the triumph of optimism over ability. Another is texting photos of myself naked to Tory MPs. Well, they started it.

The third is anything done by Piers Morgan, and the reason is the same answer as number one.

Who’s your biggest hero?

Dave Allen is my comedy hero. He is the funniest and most subversive human being.

If you could be a superhero, what super power would you have?

I just want to get through each day without the need to shut my eyes for 10 minutes.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?

Nationalised industries.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

That bloke from the Go Compare ad.

What have you got in the pipeline?

Tea and arms dealing.

Cuckooed will be at The Point on Friday, October 24 at 8pm. Tickets are £16. To book, visit thepointeastleigh.co.uk or call (023) 8065 2333.