YOU wouldn't bet against mischief-making comedian and activist Mark Thomas bringing A Show That Gambles On The Future to The Crescent in York on Tuesday (November 28), because it says so in the events diary.

In his new touring escapade, Thomas wants you to take rather bolder punts, however, against the backdrop of a political climate when few could have anticipated the events of 2016, and even fewer seem to know where they will lead us or where we are going.

"Basically, I ask people to come up with forecasts of what they think will happen in the next four years. I go through them – it takes 20 minutes to go through 100 – and in the show we choose our favourite and have a collection at the end to put a bet on the forecast that we think will happen," he says.

Please note, Thomas apparently will be in The Crescent community venue from around two hours before his sold-out 8pm show and the earlier he receives your forecasts, the better.

Thomas advises audience members to arrive ideally at least half an hour early to write down their forecast, giving him plenty of time to work his way through the predictions with his marker pen. Picking out 30 to 40, he then he constructs a fantastical but possibly accurate snapshot of the future world from his own forecasts and those of that night's fellow futurologists.

"Some of the predictions, you know from past shows; others you just busk like hell," says Thomas. "Interestingly, always about a third of them are about Donald Trump and I don't want to spend too much on those, so I cut through them quite quickly."

By comparison with past Thomas shows, A Show That Gambles On The Future is "just me just mucking about having a hoot". "No show is the same, not knowing what [predictions] we'll get it," he says. "Quite a lot of politics comes along, but in amongst all the doom and gloom, we had one person saying 'I'm going to get a waffle nightgown', and so we had a whip-round at the end and I presented her with a new nightgown two nights later."

Thomas's 8pm show tomorrow is being brought to The Crescent by York promoters Even Better Comedy. Tickets have sold out; doors open at 7pm.