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, starting on 7th December 2018 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-winning Taskmaster. 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 and Have 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 series Mark 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.

What the press have said about Mark Watson:

‘Unstoppably funny’  The Times

‘Belly laugh brilliant…the audience was weeping with laughter’  Time Out

‘Hugely entertaining, craftsmanlike, remarkable’ The Telegraph

‘Mark Watson is a Prodigy’  The Guardian

‘He sparkles with originality and verve’ Chortle

‘Arrive early for the longest queue in Edinburgh’ The List

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

Saturday 6th July Whitehaven: Rosehill Theatre 01946 692422

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

For more information please contact Gaby Jerrard / Claire Hoyda / Matthew Christian at [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected] or on 020 7690 0006