Reviewer: Laura Orton
Mark Thomas is a 51 year old libertarian anarchist(to use his own words). He is also a master at comedy.
His latest show, 100 Acts of Minor Decent, documents his last year (due to be concluded in May) where he does exactly that. His acts of ‘decent’ range from small annoyances like posting spam mail back to its originator with a few additional items, to major political stunts to make his point, such as holding a LBGT stand up gig outside the Russian embassy in Edinburgh. And all of Thomas’s ‘acts’ are documented with photographic proof, including one brand new legally copyrighted trademark.
Thomas explains that to provide his quest with some jeopardy, he has promised to donate £1000 to UKIP (the worst punishment he could think of) should he fail to complete a full 100 acts within the year.
So, scene set, Thomas regales his antics of the past 12 months with much furore. He takes you around some of the ridiculous laws we have in Great Britain, his opinions on adverts being political propaganda and fighting corporate power.
Thomas’s style of delivery is quite recognisable. He dips into snippets of different characters and physically he emphasises his points and his jokes using wonderful body language. His voice is perfect for stand up. The cockney twang is very easy to listen to, and he uses such a range to keep you hooked to every word.
His acts are not half baked either. No. He puts money, thought and effort into every single one. You can sense that this one man will change the world given the attention he pays to what he cares about. And you will be willing him on every step of the way.
The Public Reviews will only give a five star review to a show that is “faultless from start to finish” – one that “will stay with you for years.”100 Acts of Minor Decent is just that! You willleave hoping that Thomas’s ideas, drive and passion will stay with you and motivate you. At the end of the night, you will feel exhausted from laughing hysterically, elated from the fun and mischievous or even determined to commit your own acts of minor decent.
Reviewed on24th April 2014