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Mark Watson

Mark Watson is just a normal person living a normal life in a normal world.

He gets a little bit worried and a little bit flustered and he'll tell you all about it.

Mark grew up in Bristol before going to Cambridge University where he became a member of the Cambridge Footlights.

He started his professional comedy career in 2002 and that same year won the last ever Daily Telegraph Open Mic competition and presumably was allowed to keep the trophy.

He has been nominated for the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer and won the first ever Panel Prize at the if.commedies in 2006. That year he was also won the Time Out Critic's Choice award.

On stage Mark Watson likes to tell little observations about his life. These are not wild stories of fantasy but just things he has noticed, delivered in an almost naïve style which makes Mark extremely charming.

However, whereas his observations may not be grand, his shows certainly have been. Over the past 6 years, Mark has undertaken marathon shows at the Edinburgh Festival lasting 24 hours or more.

In 2004 he did his first 24 hour show, at the end of which he proposed to his girlfriend.

In 2006 he performed a 36 hour show and also, with the help of the audience, tried to write a novel over the period of the festival, imaginatively titled Mark Watson, And His Audience, Write A Novel.

After all that, Mark can also muster the energy to appear on TV and radio. He has fronted his own quiz show, We Need Answers and also appeared on Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, on which he has been a captain and presenter.

Mark has also had shows on Radio 4 and 5 Live. In addition to all this, Mark has had two novels published and his most recent book, Crap At The Environment, looked at his efforts to halve his own carbon footprint over a year.

Mark Watson may be one of the hardest working comedians around at the moment. His head is bursting with ideas to take stand up to a new level. Mark will be remembered for something great, but he may not have even thought of it yet.