For more than 20 years, Mark Watson hasn’t been able to get enough of the Fringe festival. This time he is back to share his worries about work, his worries about his mortality and his worries about delivering the whole show in the allotted time scale.
“This Can’t Be It” is Mark Watson’s chance to showcase his very particular standup style. Jittery, rambling, often nonsensical, always hilarious.
He shares his lockdown woes, which mostly revolve around online comedy shows, gaffes on online calls and being in lockdown with his two kids who had a million questions for him. He also goes on to talk about what he feels he has accomplished so far in life, and after foolishly downloading an app that told him when he would die, Mark Watson is on a mission to sort his life out, with the time he has left.
There are few high-profile comedians who love the Fringe festival quite as much as Mark Watson does, which is apparent throughout the show. His enthusiasm to be back to doing what he loves is infectious, you can tell he is never more comfortable than when he is up on stage, which is saying something, as he doesn’t seem to be comfortable anywhere else.
The style of his show is so fast-paced, zany and utterly mad that you can’t help but laugh through it all as you have no idea where it’s going. It often feels like he is in the same boat.
Even though he worries about how much he has accomplished in his career, he certainly doesn’t need to. This is one of the funniest shows you could see and Watson’s wonderfully bizarre energy is completely unmatched, you feel as though the entire show has been written about ten minutes before opening, if it has been written at all.
Although the Fringe has plenty of big hitters for its first real return to normality since 2019, Mark Watson should be very high on your list.
Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It, 21.00, Pleasance Courtyard, August 7-14, 17-21, 24-28