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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Trouble in paradise?

Mark Watson and Zoe Lyons holiday together for Sky short

Zoe Lyons and Mark Watson have taken a holiday together, for a new short film sponsored by a travel company.

The two – friends in real life –  were chosen as a ‘chalk and cheese’ duo, with tense and super-cautious Watson at odds with livewire, adventure-seeking Lyons.

They were sent away to a luxury resort in Jamaica,  where they grappled with lilos, braved zip wires and practised yoga for a film funded by travel company TUI.

Watson said: ‘Zoe thinks we should be doing lots of stuff. She wants to go in the sea, all this business. So it’s quite full on. My idea of a holiday is not doing too much. That’s caused a bit of friction. We’ve had to eat in separate restaurants.

And Lyons said of her travelling companion: ‘His lack of preparation has charmed me. And shocked me. For a trip to the tropics, who turns up in a thick knit cardigan? That really took me by surprise. 

‘But, bless him, he’s given things a go. He’s not a lilo-master, I’ll tell you that. I didn’t realise how hard it was to get on a lilo until I saw him try and get on one…’

The pair will become the faces of  TUI  in a series of eight promotional ‘idents’ which will be broadcast across all Sky One programming.

The  20-minute short was directed by Gordon Anderson – whose credits include  Fresh Meat, The Inbetweeners and Shameless – will be made available on Sky’s online service, Sky Go, over Easter.

TUI also paired Dan Skinner – best known for his alter-ego  Angelos Epithemiou – with former Balls Of Steel prankster Olivia Lee for another trip. In footage online, Lee is shown planning and researching every last  detail, Skinner more laissez-faire.

Extra clips can be viewed at

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Published: 27 Mar 2018

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Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Far Too Happy

Montreal 2009

Britcom gala 2009


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