News: UK Tour For Mark Watson

After spending last year being cluster-bombed with yoghurt on 'Taskmaster' and half-killed by Bear Grylls, multi award-winning Mark Watson returns with a UK National Tour doing what he's best at: being indoors.

Inspired by the basically shocking state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, Watson’s new show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world's population is made up of other people: why can't we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, Mark tears into his topic with his notoriously high joke and rant-per-minute rate. And as the title suggests, in this show he takes his unusually collaborative approach one step further, aiming for an evening which will last longer in the mind than the hour the audience spend with him…

Mark is one of the country’s most beloved and critically acclaimed live comedians, and has had a long and notable Fringe career since he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2005 Perrier Awards, before being awarded the 2006 if.comedy Panel Prize for performing one of his now-legendary marathon stand-up shows. Away from Edinburgh, he’s taken home the Time Out Critics Choice Award, been nominated for a Barry Award from the Melbourne Comedy Festival, as well as winning Best Show at both Sydney and Adelaide. 

Last year saw Mark write songs, hurl coconuts and beg piggy-backs as part of Dave’s BAFTA-winningTaskmaster. In a less pleasant TV engagement, he lost almost three stone and faced a crippling lifelong phobia during a much talked-about stint on The Island with Bear Grylls (C4). Mark has also regularly appeared on BBC 2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and Mock the Week, BBC 1’s Would I Lie To You andHave I Got News For You. He has performed stand-up on BBC 1’s Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala and was the star of Dave TV’s Road to Rio, as well as the host of BBC 4’s We Need Answers. He’s won Celebrity Mastermind and Celebrity Pointless and he once dressed up as a badger for terrible Sky One show Wild Things. 

As well as his TV and live work Mark has been a Radio 4 mainstay for a decade, with his various seriesMark Watson Talks A Bit About Life, Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better and Mark Watson’s Live Address To The Nation. For the past two years he’s hosted the final of the BBC New Comedy Award – one of the only comedy shows on the network to go out live. 

On top of his comedy stardom Mark has seven books under his belt. Since last Edinburgh, his graphic novel Dan and Sam has been optioned as a feature film by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and is now in development.

Tickets go on sale from Friday 6th July with a pre-sale tickets available from today from: 


Mark Watson Tour Dates


Friday 7th December                 Jersey: Opera House / (01534) 511 115


Sunday 3rd February                Bristol: Old Vic Theatre / 0117 987 7877


Wednesday 6th February          Bromsgrove: Artrix / 01527 577330


Thursday 7th February              Bromsgrove: Artrix / 01527 577330


Saturday 9th February              Wimborne: Tivoli Theatre / 01202 885566


Friday 15th February                 Leicester: Little Theatre / 0116 255 1302


Sunday 17th February               Salford: The Lowry / 0843 208 6000


Friday 22nd February                Colchester: Arts Centre / 01206 500900


Thursday 28th February            Pocklington: Arts Centre / 01759 301547


Friday 1st March                       Leeds: City Varieties / 0113 2430808


Saturday 2nd March                  Northallerton: The Forum / 01609 776230


Sunday 3rd March                     Liverpool: Epstein Theatre / 0844 888 4411


Friday 8th March                       Berwick Upon Tweed: The Maltings / 01289 330 999


Saturday 9th March                   Aberdeen: Lemon Tree / 01224 641122



Sunday 10th March                   Glasgow: The Stand / 0141 212 3389


Thursday 14th March                Bath: Komedia / 01225 489070


Friday 15th March                     Worcester: Huntingdon Hall / 01905 611 427


Friday 26th April                       Tring: Court Theatre


Saturday 27th April                   Tring: Court Theatre


Thursday 2nd May                    Aldershot: West End Centre / 01252 330040


Sunday 5th May                        Birmingham: Old Rep Theatre / 0121 359 9444


Friday 10th May                        Hertford: Theatre / 01992 531500


Saturday 11th May                    Loughborough: Town Hall / 01509 231914


Thursday 16th May                   Kendal: Brewery Arts Centre / 01539 725 133


Friday 17th May                        Stockton: ARC / 01642 525199


Saturday 18th May                    Sheffield: Leadmill / 0114 2727 040


Thursday 23rd May                   Brighton: Komedia / 01273 647100


Friday 24th May                        Reading: Town Hall / 0118 937 3400


Saturday 25th May                    Cambridge: Corn Exchange / 01223 357851


Sunday 26th May                      Wells: Cedars Hall / 01749 834483


Friday 31st May                        Swindon: Wyvern Theatre / 01793 524 481


Saturday 1st June                     Bridgewater: MacMillan Theatre / 01278 556677


Sunday 2nd June                      Coventry: Warwick Arts Centre / 024 7652 4524


Thursday 6th June                    Maidenhead: Norden Farm / 01628 788997


Friday 7th June                         St Albans: Alban Arena / 01727 844488


Saturday 15th June                   Canterbury: Gulbenkian / 01227 769075


Friday 21st June                       Ivybridge: Watermark / 01752 892220


Saturday 22nd June                  Falmouth: Trebah Amphitheatre / 01326 252200


Sunday 23rd June                     Exeter: Corn Exchange / 01392 665938


Thursday 27th June                  New Milton: Forest Arts / 01425 619983


Friday 28th June                       Isle of Wight: Medina Theatre / 01983 823884


Saturday 29th June                   Andover: Lights / 01264 368368


Friday 5th July                          Carlisle: Old Fire Station / 01228 598596


Friday 19th July                        Crawley: The Hawth / 01293 553636


Saturday 7th September           London: Bloomsbury Theatre / 020 3108 1000


Thursday 12th September         Chorley: Little Theatre / 01257 264362


Friday 13th September              Selby: Town Hall / 01757 708449


Saturday 14th September          Barnard Castle: The Witham / 01833 631 107


Sunday 6th October                  Winchester: Theatre Royal / 01962 840 440


Friday 11th October                  Pontardawe: Arts Centre / 01792 863722


Friday 18th October                  Farnham: Maltings / 01252 745444


Saturday 26th October              Newcastle: The Stand / 0191 300 9700



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