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Mark Andrew Watson (born 13 February 1980) is a British stand-up comedian and novelist. He was born in Bristolmarker of a Welsh family.

Early life

Watson attended Bristol Grammar Schoolmarker before going to Queens' College, Cambridgemarker, where he studied English, gaining a first class degree.

At university he wrote, starred in and directed a number of plays and comedy sketch shows including two years with the Cambridge Footlights, with whom he was nominated for a Perrier Comedy Award (Best Newcomer) at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Career

Comedy

Watson has appeared regularly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the first ever Panel Prize at the if.comeddies in 2006 and being nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2005 Perrier Comedy Awards. His other awards include the Time Out Critic's Choice Award 2006 and a Barry Award nomination for best show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2006.

Watson has performed several unusual shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Festivals, including marathon shows lasting 24 hours and more, featuring John Dorney as the balladeer.

Watson undertook his first long show at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, lasting 24 hours; at the end of the show he successfully proposed to his girlfriend Emily Howes.

At the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Watson hosted a literary workshop-cum-interactive comedy show entitled Mark Watson, And His Audience, Write A Novel. The aim was to write, by the end of August, a novel­ begun from scratch and woven entirely from audience suggestions, with another 2,000 words or so added each day. The novel was not finished within the month but the project is set to continue albeit in by an, as yet, undecided method now that the festival has finished. The book so far is posted on the website MySpace.

At the 2007 Fringe, Watson hosted We Need Answers with Alex Horne and Tim Key. This saw 16 comedians take part in a knock out quiz where all the questions and answers came from text service Any Question Answered. Paul Sinha won the competition, beating Josie Long in the final. We Need Answers returned in 2008 with fewer rounds, Josie Long emerged as winner, beating Sinha in the semi-final and Kristen Schaal in the final.

Mark will be performing his last ever 24 hour show at the 2009 Fringe along with his "Earth Summit" and his "Edit". The Earth Summit is Marks version of the Al Gore talk about world pollution and global warming and the Edit is a compilation of Marks fringe shows to date, made particularly for those who have not seen Mark perform there.

Live shows

Show name Notes
2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Far too Happy Cambridge Footlights revue with Edward Jaspers, Tim Key, Dan Macaskill, James Morris and Sophie Winkleman. Perrier Comedy Award nomination
2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Stereocomics With Rhod Gilbert
Mark Watson's Overambitious 24-Hour Show
2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe 50 Years Before Death And The Awful Prospect Of Eternity Perrier Best Newcomer Award nomination
2005 Years in 2005 Minutes
2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe I'm Worried That I'm Starting To Hate Almost Everyone In The World
Mark Watson's Seemingly Impossible 36-Hour Circuit Of The World Won if.comeddie award Panel Prize
Mark Watson, And His Audience, Write A Novel
2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Can I Briefly Talk To You About The Point Of Life? Followed by UK tour
Mark Watson's 24 Hour Jamboree To Save The Planet
We Need Answers Gameshow. With Tim Key and Alex Horne. Later transferred to BBC Four
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2008 Mark Watson (And Friends) Take Control Of The World In 24 Hours
2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe All The Thoughts I've Had Since I Was Born Followed by UK tour
We Need Answers With Tim Key and Alex Horne
2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Mark Watson's Last Ever 24-Hour Show
Mark Watson's Earth Summit
The Mark Watson Edit
The Hotel Comedic theatre show written and directed by Mark Watson


Television

We Need Answers

A three-episode run of We Need Answers began on BBC Four on 12 February 2009, based on the Edinburgh Fringe show of the same name. As with the live show, Watson co-hosted with Tim Key and Alex Horne.

Guests included Germaine Greer, Michael Rosen and Jilly Goolden.

We Need Answers has been commissioned for a further 13 episodes, to be broadcast in 2009.

Guest appearances

Watson has made regular appearances on BBC Two's comedy panel show Mock The Week; he has also been a panellist on BBC music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks three times—once as guest captain—in addition to appearing on current affairs panel show Have I Got News for You.

Watson performed several talking heads in Armando Iannucci's spoof documentary series Time Trumpet.

In Australia he has been seen on Rove, Good News Week, Spicks and Specks and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, all aired in April 2007.

Watson performed stand up on episode one of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, aired 7 June 2009.

Radio

Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better, aired on BBC Radio 4 in February 2007, followed by a second series in August 2008. Both series featured poems by Tim Key and music, performed by Tim Minchin in the first series and Tom Basden in the second. In August 2009, Watson hosted a three-episode series on BBC Radio 5 Live called 100 Million or Bust, where a panel of guests attempted to spend £100 million on transfers as managers of a English Premier League team.

Guest appearances

Watson has made regular appearances on the BBC Radio 5 Live show Fighting Talk.

Books

Watson has written two novels: Bullet Points (2004) and A Light-Hearted Look At Murder (2007), both published by Chatto and Windus. His most recent book, Crap at the Environment (2008), follows his own efforts to halve his carbon footprint over the course of one year and was the Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 in the last week of July 2008.

Other work

He is currently appearing in adverts for Magners Pear Cider.

On 25 February, Watson presented the 2009 NME Awards at Brixton Academymarker.At the start of the 2009/2010 season, Watson writes a regular article in the Bristol City official matchday programme Well Red.

Personal life

Watson is married to Emily Watson-Howes, a fellow writer and performer.

As a fan of Bristol City Watson attends around 10 or 12 games a season.

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