Mark Watson

Mark Watson

A former Cambridge Footlighter, Mark Watson first made an impact on the comedy circuit in 2002 when he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic competition andwas a runner-up in So You Think You're Funny?

He has become known for his Edinburgh shows (2005's 50 Years Before Death And The Awful Prospect Of Enternity was nominated for the Perrier) and his gruelling shows that last more than 24 hours. Perrier's successor, the if.comeddies, awarded the panel award for best capturing the spirit of the fringe, in 2007.

Watson won the Chortle award winner for innovation in 2005, when he was also nominated for best breakthrough act, and was nominated for best compere in 2007.

He is also a novelist, with his debut Bullet Points, published in 2003; has written for TV and in 2007 landed his first radio series, Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better.

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Mark Watson launches a drive-in tour

With Ed Byrne, Shappi Khorsdandi ... and celebrity chef Tom Kerridge

Mark Watson is spearheading a new series of drive-in comedy shows.

The comic will compere a ‘carpool comedy club’ as part of a new touring venture called Drive & Dine Theatre, which kicks off from July 7.

It will visit a number of venues for a week, offering movies and a stand-up night, while offering food from celebrity chef Tom Kerridge.

Other comics taking part include Shappi Khorsandi, Ed Byrne, Ed Gamble, Zoe Lyons, Hal Cruttenden and Daliso Chaponda.

In a newsletter to fans, Watson wrote: ‘As soon as you heard people are starting to do comedy as drive-in nights, you knew deep down I’d get involved.  And here we are.

‘It’s a new kind of challenge, and someone who’s been doing this for more than 15 years doesn’t often get the chance to say that. 

‘The truth is nobody knows what they’re going to be like. I can only tell you that my approach to it will be, as usual, to make it the absolute best, most interactive, most two-hours-of-escapism that it can be.  And that I’m cautiously excited.  And cautiously excited is about as good as it’s been since March.’

The gigs start in the week of July 7 at Luton Hoo Estate and Bath Racecourse before moving to the showground in Henley-on-Thames (the Oxfordshire town which is also hosting two Comedy Store-branded nights of comedy earlier in the month), Hever Castle in Kent, Warwick Racecourse, Chichester College, Syon Park in West London and Selhurst Park in South London.

Yesterday other drive-in gigs were announced in North and East London with headliners including Bill Bailey, Jason Manford and Omid Djalili.

Tickets for Drive & Dine Theatre cost £35 a person and are available here.

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Published: 10 Jun 2020

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Far Too Happy

Montreal 2009

Britcom gala 2009


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