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Feature Mark Watson: Live 2012

Comedian Mark Watson set to perform this autumn

Mark Watson. Photo by Andrew McColl

Mark Watson recently lost all his money to an online scammer called ‘Mark Watson’. He was publicly attacked by a fellow comedian and received several hundred hate messages on Twitter. He had a mortgage offer revoked because someone at the building society did a Google search, found out he was a comic and ruled that this was not a real job.

All this has led him to think about the effects of the modern information age on the average man. When Mark was at school, he learned times tables and capital cities; his two-year-old will soon have an app that supplies them. He lived in a universe that was still mysterious; now nearly all those mysteries have been exploded by search engines, smart phones and Lady Gaga. He used actual money to pay for things - now almost all money is virtual, as are our address books, our airline tickets, probably soon our toilets.

But is all this information making us better or happier? It could do - we have more ways than ever to share our interests. Now and again we manage to start a revolution in Iran using social networking sites. Mostly, though, we’re doing the same old crap as ever - Sudoku, dancing shows on TV - but just with more tweeting. How can we use the age of The Information to improve our lives?

Mark’s new show tackles this problem, as well as revealing the biggest lie he’s ever told, showcasing his new musical talents, and taking a vicious revenge on that mortgage broker. There is also an extended routine about ham, in case anyone feels things are getting too serious. As ever, it’s a brutally-paced hour of jokes, anecdotes, wild improvisation, and half-baked but somehow compelling theories of existence. But this time with added Internet.

The Information also takes Mark’s celebrated ‘unusual beginnings’ fetish a step further, by allowing audience members to interact with him before he is even in the room. It sounds unlikely, but that’s the modern world.

As well as being known as one of the hardest-working stand-ups, Mark Watson has also somehow found time to write four books - Crap At The Environment (Hodder & Staunton), A Lighthearted Look At Murder and Bullet Points (both Random House), and ‘ELEVEN’ (Simon & Schuster).

Mark is also a consistent regular on our TV screens. Host of Mark Watson Kicks Off (ITV4) and the irreverent quiz show, We Need Answers (BBC4), his other television credits include: Comedy Rocks (ITV1), Comedy Annual (ITV1), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (guest presenter, guest team captain, BBC2), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The 02 (Channel 4), Would I Lie To You ? (BBC1), You Have Been Watching (Channel 4), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Mock The Week (BBC2) and host at the 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards (Channel 4).

Mark has hosted two series of his own radio show Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better (Radio 4) and won critical acclaim for his live show Mark Watson’s Live Address to the Nation (Radio 4) in 2011. Mark’s debut stand up DVD, Mark Watson – Live, was released last year by 2|entertain and he is currently starring in Channel 4’s Mad Bad Ad Show.

“HIS IS THE COMEDY OF SELF DOUBT, OF EVERYDAY AWKWARDNESS, OF EMBARRASSING FAMILIES AND SMALL TRIUMPHS THAT WE CAN ALL RELATE TO” -Observer

“A KIND OF UNSTOPPABLE FUNNY SUPERHERO” -Sunday Times

“A STAND-UP SUPERSTAR, A CLASSIC OBSERVATIONAL HUMORIST” -Time Out New York

www.markwatsonthecomedian.com

Posted on Tuesday 26th June 2012

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