Mark Thomas Presents

Mark Thomas hosts shows featuring iconic American comedians.

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0101Stan Freberg Live2005120720161123 (BBC7)
20180714 (BBC7)

In an exclusive appearance, Stan Freberg reprises some of the routines that made him a legend.

Stan Freberg began his career doing voices for Warner Brothers cartoon characters, before launching his own career as performer and producer of classic comedy records in 1952.

He was given his own US network radio show in the late '50s, inheriting the slot vacated by the great Jack Benny.

He's remembered for his razor-sharp parodies of Elvis Presley, Lonnie Donegan, the US police series Dragnet, and of Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat Song which was also a sizeable British hit.

In this one-off British appearance at the London Comedy Store, Stan, now 79, reprises some of the greatest moments of his comedy career.

American satirist and comedian Stan Freberg performs at London's Comedy Store.

Mark Thomas hosts a series featuring iconic American comedians

4 Extra Debut. American satirist and comedian Stan Freberg performs at London's Comedy Store at the age of 79. From December 2005.

Stan Freberg Live

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In an exclusive appearance, Stan Freberg reprises some of the routines that made him a legend.

Stan Freberg began his career doing voices for Warner Brothers cartoon characters, before launching his own career as performer and producer of classic comedy records in 1952. He was given his own US network radio show in the late '50s, inheriting the slot vacated by the great Jack Benny. He's remembered for his razor-sharp parodies of Elvis Presley, Lonnie Donegan, the US police series Dragnet, and of Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat Song which was also a sizeable British hit. In this one-off British appearance at the London Comedy Store, Stan, now 79, reprises some of the greatest moments of his comedy career.

0102The Firesign Theatre2005121420060323
20161130 (BBC7)
20180721 (BBC7)

He introduces an exclusive appearance by the inspired and politically-astute alternative comedy team The Firesign Theatre.

Comedian Mark Thomas hosts an exclusive show for Radio 4 at the London Comedy Store, featuring American comedy heroes The Firesign Theatre.

Arising from the California counterculture in the late 1960s, they became cult favourites, and in this rare British appearance, they reprise some of their greatest routines, as well as bringing their wit to bear on more recent events.

An exclusive performance by cult comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre in their first British appearance for many years. From December 2005.

The Firesign Theatre

Mark Thomas hosts the second of four shows featuring iconic American comedians.

2/4. He introduces an exclusive appearance by the inspired and politically-astute alternative comedy team The Firesign Theatre.

An exclusive performance by cult comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre.

Mark Thomas hosts a series featuring iconic American comedians

Since the mid 1960s, The Firesign Theatre has been one of the best kept secrets in American comedy. A four-man comedy troupe with shades of Monty Python and The Goons, they grew out of a free-form radio show in California. They went on to produce a series of comedy albums which became cult favourites, in which they combined satire with parodies of popular culture and classic drama.

This week on Radio 4 there's a chance to hear an exclusive performance by The Firesign Theatre, their first British appearance for many years, recorded at the London Comedy Store in the autumn.
Expect political comment, a virtuoso range of comic voices, and plenty of verbal ingenuity, as Mark Thomas presents The Firesign Theatre live, on Wednesday evening at half past six.

The Firesign Theatre Live

Comedian Mark Thomas hosts an exclusive show for Radio 4 at the London Comedy Store, featuring American comedy heroes The Firesign Theatre. Arising from the California counterculture in the late 1960s, they became cult favourites, and in this rare British appearance, they reprise some of their greatest routines, as well as bringing their wit to bear on more recent events.

0103Mort Sahl Live2005122120161207 (BBC7)
20180728 (BBC7)

Mark Thomas hosts a series of shows featuring iconic American comedians.

The freely improvising scourge of right wing America, Mort Sahl.

3/4. Mort Sahl Live. Mark Thomas hosts a series of shows featuring iconic American comedians. The freely improvising scourge of right wing America, Mort Sahl.

The pioneering American political comic of the 1950s and 60s in a special one-off show.

Mark Thomas hosts a series featuring iconic American comedians

Pioneering American political comic of the 1950s and 60s, Mort Sahl, in a special one-off performance. From December 2005.

0104 LASTShelley Berman2005122820161214 (BBC7)
20180804 (BBC7)

3/4. Shelley Berman: Mark Thomas showcases iconic American comedians. In an exclusive appearance for Radio 4, Shelley Berman brings his unique observational wit to the UK.

In an exclusive appearance for Radio 4, Shelley Berman brings his unique observational wit to the UK.

One of America's greatest Jewish comics, Shelley Berman performs.

Mark Thomas hosts a series featuring iconic American comedians

Famed for his pioneering 'one-sided phone calls' - one of America's greatest Jewish comics, Shelley Berman performs. From December 2005.