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Mark Thomas guests as CMU publisher launches all-new culture podcast

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2016

Mark Thomas

CMU’s sister publication ThreeWeeks has been celebrating its 21st year covering the Edinburgh Festival this month, and to mark the occasion it has launched a brand new podcast.

The TW:TALKS podcast will accompany ThreeWeeks Edinburgh each summer, and year-round cultural recommendations service ThisWeek London, by talking to great people from the worlds of comedy, theatre, music, musicals, cabaret and spoken word. The whole thing is launching with five interviews recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe itself last week, with five comedians who have appeared on the cover of ThreeWeeks over the last 21 years.

The first of those interviews is with Mark Thomas, which went live last week, with conversations with Brendon Burns, Susan Calman, Lucy Porter and Mark Watson all set to follow in the coming weeks. In each edition each guest talks through their Edinburgh Fringe experiences past and present, with Thomas beginning with his first memories of the Festival all the way back in 1982.

The podcast is hosted by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, though in his guise as TW co-Editor, so there’ll be no sneaky questions about copyright and digital licensing. Though he did discuss the role of direct-to-fan in comedy with Burns and Watson, and Calman brings up the impact of Netflix and Amazon on the comedy industry.

You can tune in and sign up to the podcast at – or listen to the first edition below. And talking of podcasts, the CMU Podcast is set to return on 9 Sep with a catch up edition looking at key music business developments over the summer, before properly returning with a weekly summary of music industry gubbins on 30 Sep. Sign up for that at