Mark Watson: The Information (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Mark Watson: The Information

Another top show from the pointedly non-Welsh Fringe veteran

Ever since making his breakthrough on the Fringe in the mid-Noughties, Mark Watson’s ethos has remained constant: deliver solid, frequently hilarious stand-up amid an audience environment in which things can kick off at any moment. The more offbeat a crowd, the better it seems to be for the not-Welshman’s comedy and here, having emerged from a surprising place, he stumbles astutely through The Information (there’s just too much of it nowadays) with assistance from an early walk-out (Watson has to dig deep within himself not to follow the departee down the street) and a front-row gathering of beer reps.

Watson’s willingness to throw himself into connecting with an audience belies his innate shyness and he utilises technology (inviting us to text him before and during the show) despite having an ‘ambiguous relationship with the internet’. And despite his cosy public image, he doesn’t half leather into the venue (‘a dowdy lecture hall’), festival sponsors and the banker who rejected his mortgage application after doing a quick Google search on him.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 13, 20), 7.40pm, £15.

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