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Comedian Mark Watson coming to Scunthorpe and Lincoln

Impatient Productions in association with Blue Book Artist Management presents MARK WATSON – ‘The Can’t be it” Tour.

The events of the past twelve-and-a-bit months, to give them a politely evasive name, have made us all think more regularly about the fragility of life than we probably would have liked to. Nothing focuses the mind than having a ‘daily death toll’ with your late afternoon glass of wine, or a tired-looking government scientist showing graphs and using phrases like ‘we anticipate many, many more fatalities’ in what used to be the ‘Escape To The Country’ slot. 

But luckily, neurotic Taskmaster-survivor and author Mark Watson has been stressing about the frightening prospect of death since before it became fashionable. His intended 2020 show – on the cusp of going to Melbourne and Edinburgh festivals, before a typically extensive nationwide tour – was inspired by taking a life expectancy test (there’s an app you can get, if you’re having an existential crisis at 3am) and discovering he could expect to reach 78: in other words, he’s just over halfway to, as it were, the finish line. 

What should we be doing with our time on earth, and how can we do it better? Watson has made a lot of strides towards happiness and fulfilment over the past few years. But there’s one problem left: and it really is a big one. The popular but all-too-mortal Radio 4 figure, star of ‘Live At The Apollo’ and House Of Games’ (which he won, but it’s not all about that) wrestles with some of the fundamental questions of life, with unusually high levels of benign audience involvement and the gag rate of an already fast-talking comedian who’s been imprisoned his house for more than a year.

This show has been some time in the making, thanks to all that unpleasantness with the virus. He’s rarely looked forward to anything in his life. All those 41 years of it to date.

Mark Watson had a pretty lively lockdown, as they go. With Tim Key and Alex Horne, he created the game ‘No More Jockeys’ which has now had more than 2 million YouTube views and found a rabid cult audience. He published his most critically acclaimed book to date, ‘Contacts’, and wrote another, non-fiction, title for release this year. He pioneered the Drive And Dine series of outdoor comedy gigs at the depth of the pandemic, and his company, Impatient, were one of the only ones to offer ‘tour shows’ run through Zoom calls, entertaining thousands of ticket-buyers deprived of other live comedy. He also completed a trilogy of 24-hour online shows, raising around £70,000 for charities. In March he curated the only overseas shows to be part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as part of their digital programme. For all this, he was one of the winners of Chortle’s Legends Of Lockdown awards, recognising comics who had gone above and beyond to entertain in these extreme times.

Before that, in the old days, the future national treasure had been a multi-award winner here and in Australia (a country we were once allowed to visit); a very familiar voice on Radio 4, where his series ‘Mark Watson Talks About A Bit Of Life’ has been one of the station’s most popular fixtures since 2007; and has most recently been working on a film project with Toni Collette and Studio Canal (while the rights to his graphic novel, ‘Dan And Sam’ remain in the hands of Universal). The live arena, though, is where he’s in his element the most, and this will be an emotional return to the rooms where he has, for almost two decades, established himself as one of the UK’s favourite stand-ups. Emotional, but also funny. See you there. 

“Quite unlike anything else I’ve seen in almost 20 years of covering the Fringe… witty, warm, perfectly judged”

“This is a stand-up operating at the very top of his game” 
★★★★ Independent

“He always displays an innate understanding of what the audience wants…creating a bespoke experience for every gig, an added flourish to a strong hour of stand-up” 
★★★★ Chortle

“A quick-fire hour of fun” 
★★★★ Metro



Thursday 5th          Wyeside Arts Centre,  Builth Wells          
01982 552555    wyeside.co.uk   

Friday 6th                The North Wall Arts Centre,  Oxford  
01865319450        www.thenorthwall.com

Friday 13th            Loughborough Town Hall,  Loughborough   
01509 231914       loughboroughtownhall.co.uk 

Saturday 14th         Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln        
01522 837600       lpac.co.uk 

Sunday 15th          The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham         
0121 359 9444      oldreptheatre.co.uk   

Thursday 19th        Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne      
01202 885566       tivoliwimborne.co.uk 

Friday 20th            McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater  
01278 556677      mcmillantheatre.com 

Saturday 21st         Tiverton Community Arts Theatre     
07443 502523       tivertontheatre.com         

Sunday 22nd          Pavilions Teignmouth,  Teignmouth        
01626 249049        pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk 


Wednesday 1st       Plowright Theatre,  Scunthorpe           
0844 844 0444        scunthorpetheatres.co.uk 

Thursday 2nd         Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal  
01539 725133        breweryarts.co.uk 

Friday 3rd             The Atkinson, Southport        
01704 533333          theatkinson.co.uk 

Saturday 4th          Derby Theatre, Derby          
01332 593939         derbytheatre.co.uk 

Saturday 5th            City Varieties Music Hall,  Leeds        
0113 243 0808        leedsheritagetheatres.com/city-varieties-music-hall/ 

Friday 10th            The Kenton Theatre,  Henley-on-Thames            
01491 525050        kentontheatre.co.uk                         

Saturday 11th         Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
01206 500900       colchesterartscentre.com 

Friday 24th            Kettering Arts Centre, Kettering           
01536 513858        ketteringartscentre.com 

Saturday 25th         The Pyramid Arts Centre,  Warrington    
01925 442345       pyramid.culturewarrington.org

Sunday 26th            South Hill Park Arts Centre & Wilde Theatre, Bracknell     
01344 484123      www.southhillpark.org.uk


Friday 15th            Gloucester Guildhall,  Gloucester       
01452 503050        gloucesterguildhall.co.uk 

Saturday 16th         Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe     
01792 863722       npttheatres.co.uk/pontardawe/  

Sunday 17th          Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan      
01239 621200        mwldan.co.uk 

Tuesday 19th         Epsom Playhouse, Epsom      
01372 742555       epsomplayhouse.co.uk 

Wednesday 20th     The Theatre, Chipping Norton
01608 642350    chippingnortontheatre.com  ON SALE JANUARY 2022

Thursday 21st        The Place, Telford              
01952 382 382       theplacetelford.com 

Saturday 23rd        Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen      
01224 592755       thetivolitheatre.com 

Sunday 24th          Theatre Royal Dumfries,  Dumfries    
01387 254209       theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk 

Saturday 30th        The Point, Eastleigh            
023 8065 2333       thepointeastleigh.co.uk 

Sunday 31st          The Corn Exchange, Exeter    
01392 665938       exetercornexchange.co.uk 


Thursday 15th           King’s Hall & Winter Garden,  Ilkley
01274432000          bradford-theatres.co.uk/venues/kings-hall-ilkley


7TH October            Helmsley Art Centre                
01439771700       helmsleyarts.co.uk


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