Review: Mark Watson at The HexagonBy Jon Nurse
December 13, 2012
The Hexagon, Reading
Sunday, November 25
Search for Mark Watson on Google and you'll find links to a spat with his fellow comedian Frankie Boyle.
The web is packed with photos of the Bristolian, videos of countless performances and details from his personal life.
Mark Watson is a victim of 'the information age' and has done with it what he does best - laugh it off.
Visitors to The Hexagon got more than they bargained for when they turned out for Watson's return to the town. But they nearly didn't get anything at all.
The comedian was minutes away from cancelling the night with the audience already in the stalls while he suffered with intense chest pains backstage.
But to his credit he staggered onto the stage and expressed his relief that at least Reading has its own hospital so he wouldn't suffer the indignity of being taken through Bracknell to Heatherwood.
Watson's style is one of restless and relentless rambling. He rarely comes up for air, ploughing through his routine in an awkward and apologetic style. And it works.
An extended skit of a bizarre conversation with a ham quality hotline was the peak of a number of quirky stories.
Information was not so freely available when Watson was a boy, making a keen memory an important quality and he proudly demonstrated some impressive mental maths to prove his point.
He claimed he could name any country's capital city and took a pretty good stab at snapping back some challenges from the floor. "Burkina Faso?" I asked. "Obviously Ouagadougou," he quipped right back.
To close, the TV comic shared how 'the information age' had bitten him most. A mortgage broker once googled him and discovered he was a comedian. The loan officer decided this wasn't a reliable line of work and chose to deny him the mortgage.
Naturally revenge came to his mind and the comedian contemplated and produced a line of hilarious t-shirts slurring the broker.
The evening was a delight considering the pain persevered by its star and I will definitely snap up a seat when he next returns to Reading.