Comic forced to cancel show

Comic Mark Thomas
Comic Mark Thomas

AN upcoming show about a comic’s “extreme trek” has been cancelled due to family commitments.

Comedian Mark Thomas was due to perform his new show at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, Hartlepool, later this month.

The multi award-winning comic decided to go rambling in the Middle East and walked the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier – providing much of the material for his new show.

But the Hartlepool show has been axed after he said he has to look after his children while his wife is away on holiday.

It is understood that ticket sales had also been poor in the lead up to the gig.

The comedian, who is currently on a UK tour, said: “My wife is going on a swimming holiday, cold water swimming in Slovenia, and I am looking after the kids.

“She booked it ages ago and I messed up dates.”

Mark is a comedian and activist whose achievements so far have included becoming the Guinness World Record Holder for the most number of political demonstrations in 24 hours, winning the Sony Award for radio comedy in 2008 and the UN Association Global Human Rights Defender Award in 2004.

The published author has performed for 25 years and appeared on television on Channel 4 and in numerous documentaries.

His campaigning has included trying to change the laws on tax, secretly filming torturers, and exposing abuses of civil liberties.

He was due to perform Mark Thomas – Extreme Rambling – Walking The Wall, at the Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday, July 20.