COMEDIAN and star of several TV panel shows Mark Watson will be bringing ‘The Infinite Show’ to Bromsgrove’s Artrix as part of his national tour.
Mark has taken to the stage on Live at the Apollo and on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and guested on Would I Lie to You? and Have I Got News for You?
But he said, as fun as the TV appearances were, it was the big live stand-up shows he loved doing with performances in Canada and Australia among his fondest career highlights.
Mark, who lives in North London, will perform more than 70 gigs around the UK, starting in Bristol on February 3 and ending in Shrewsbury in November.
And Bromsgrove is one of only two venues he plays for two nights – on February 6 and 7.
“I’ve played Bromsgrove a few times and it’s always been a good place for me.
“The people of Bromsgrove have always come out to support me and I’m looking forward to hooking up with them again.”
Mark has been performing stand-up comedy for 16 years after taking it up after university.
“It’s a strange thing – you either get people who secretly want to give stand-up a go or those who could think of nothing worse.
“I was always intrigued by it, dabbled with comedy at school and tried to do bits of public speaking and then kind of fell into it.
“It is something you have to be disciplined in though – you have to make yourself do it to begin with as there are loads of excuses you can come up with not to get up on that stage.”
Mark said he had kept up the gigs on a regular basis to ‘keep his skills polished’ but the full-length shows were a bit different.
As well as the comedy, he liked to convey a serious side.
“I like to make my shows personal to the audiences and try to narrow the gaps between people.
“With everything going on I think we all need to have some empathy and understand each other better and comedy can do that.
“It can bring people together.
“You need to have more to say than just the gags – it’s about making the world a happier place, more harmonious.
“February is such a bleak time of year – I’m not saying I can transform Bromsgrove single-handedly and make the people of the town happier, but I’ll give it a go.
“Even if I manage to increase human happiness by a tiny bit, it’s got to be worth doing.”
Tickets for Mark Watson’s ‘The Infinite Show’, at £19, are available at artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.
Performances start at 8pm and the show is suitable for those aged 14 and over.