Yet another hot name in the world of comedy is about to drop by Skegness as part of a huge UK tour - and audiences will not be disappointed as Mark Watson, yes that comedian off the TV, will be in town this Friday.
Mark Watson’s show, The Information, deals with the unfortunate experience of losing all his money to an online scammer, but this scammer has the same name ‘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 and found out he was a comic and ruled that this was not a real job.
Speaking to the Standard recently, he said: “It’s the first time ever for me to do a show in Skegness and I’ve heard a lot about it, I’m sure it will provide for a unique experience as it’s quote an infamous place.”
Mark also says, he’s keeping an open mind about the audience in Skegness but he’s not looking forward to how cold the weather and bracing sea air may be.
“I’ve always tried to expect lower when it comes to expectations so I’ll be looking forward to whatever happens and I’m sure it will be absolutely freezing,” Mark joked.
On his show, he’s hoping of course, to evoke laughter with his tales of life and series of unfortunate events.
“It’s a fun show and I’ve been enjoying touring around new places, hopefully audiences will enjoy a quirky yet relaxed time,” explained Mark.
His show also looks at when Mark was at school, learning times tables and capital cities; now 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? Mark ponders. It could do - he feels 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 stuff as ever - Sudoku, dancing shows on TV - but just with more tweeting. How can we use the age of The Information to improve our live, he asks?
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 several books - Crap At The Environment, A Lighthearted Look At Murder and Bullet Points, and ‘ELEVEN’.
Mark is also a consistent regular on 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 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.
The show starts at 7.30pm on Friday, November 2. Tickets cost £16 and are available from the box office on 0845 674 0505.