Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win (Work in Progress): The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh, 2018
Mark Watson: I Appreciate You Coming To This and Let’s Hope For The Best: The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh, 2019
Edinburgh Comedy Allstars: Underbelly, George Square, Edinburgh, 2019
Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Gala: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2019
I saw one of Mark Watson’s two Edinburgh Fringe shows in August 2018 which was called How You Can Almost Win. For a man prone to significant stress, with many fears and a history of very poor confidence in himself, Watson was asked to go on The Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. As he described at the start of his work-in-progress show, this really wasn’t for him at all because his favourite things include food, safety and comfort and not being terrified and grumpy. The experience however changed the disorganised comedian for the better, and the hour became a sort of motivational talk/seminar about what he learned from it about life – with lots of jokes. Watson’s description of the ordeal was inspired as was the use of PowerPoint charts deciding whether of not he should take up the challenge at all. It was an interesting and very funny show from the Fringe regular.
I saw Watson again at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019 with his new work-in-progress show I Appreciate You Coming To This and Let’s Hope For The Best. The Fringe veteran presented a show full of laughter and hope as he talked about new hopeful beginnings. The audience were treated to a bonus ten minutes at the start of the hour where Watson stood in the audience shouting at the crowd without a microphone to deliver his material.
I also saw Watson headline the Edinburgh Comedy Allstars showcase at the Underbelly, George Square where the Welsh comedian had the late-night audience convulsing with laughter delivering quick-fire stories with immaculate timing.
Having a very busy time, Watson also made a brilliant compere at Dave Edinburgh Comedy Awards Gala that I went to in August 2019 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He was very warm with the packed audience and had some great stories to tell before he introduced the acts.
Watson is an Edinburgh Festival regular and in my mind is one of the best comedians currently working. He has a talent for making any situation funny and is a very popular comedian.