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 writes two more novels

New deal with publishers HarperCollins

Mark Watson has signed a deal to write two more novels for publisher HarperCollins.

The first, entitled Contacts, will be out in the autumn of next year, and is described as a ‘thought-provoking novel that – with a sensitive mix of darkness and light – lifts the lid on male suicide, loneliness, and mental health’.

It revolves around a man who sends a message to everyone in his phone contacts list, to tell them all that he plans to end his life –  then turns his phone off, triggering response from friends, family and near-strangers across the world.

Publisher Kimberley Young told trade website The Bookseller: ‘Contacts is one of those books that doesn’t come around very often. Mark has written a novel that’s timely and beautifully, cleverly written. I can’t wait to share it with the world.

Watson, who has previously written six other novels, added that the new book ‘is about what it means to be part of the world today, and how we can make it better for each other’.

Place an advance order for Contacts here.

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Published: 4 Oct 2019

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Far Too Happy

Montreal 2009

Britcom gala 2009


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