It’s time for another of my irregular, but much-loved blogs.
First of all, as of this week I have completed my 100-date tour of Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and am now planning never to leave this room again. Thanks very much to everyone who came, apart from that one drunk who spoiled the show in Lincoln. Among my favourite gigs were the Sherman in Cardiff, Pontardawe Arts Centre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Dundee Rep and the Geelong PAC. The worst one was Stafford where hardly anyone came. With that and a couple of other exceptions, attendances were amazing and I am really grateful as it’s much harder doing the show if no-one’s there: it starts to feel a bit narcisstic, in fact.
As you will know by now if you’ve signed up for my mailing list – which you can do on this site – I am now getting ready to fill the second half of 2009 with all sorts of other shenanigans (the bit about never leaving this room was an empty threat). My next live performances will be at the Toronto/Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and a one-off gig at Gawsworth Hall in Cheshire, in July. Then it’s time for Edinburgh. I’m not doing a new full-length show this year but I am doing a ‘greatest hits’ set for two nights; a series of environmental lectures following on from the Al Gore training course I took in Australia; a sort of comedy installation art piece in a hotel; and the LAST EVER 24-hour show. You can find details of all these endeavours on www.edfringe.com and tickets for everything are on sale now.
Then the autumn will see the return of We Need Answers, the BBC4 series where Tim Key, Alex Horne and I ask eclectic questions to famous guests. The mini-series in the winter was a success and the BBC have now commissioned a full run of thirteen, which should be excellent. It’ll run from November through till after Christmas and there’ll be details on this site about getting tickets for the live recordings. Fun!
And if you don’t manage to see me any of these ways, I will probably continue popping up from time to time as the face of Magners Pear Cider, which is – as if I needed to remind you – the only pear cider made from nothing but pears. Just give it to me straight.
You can follow my daily adventures on Twitter (@watsoncomedian) and if you’re a football fan, my brother and I are also doing a satirical blog on the beautiful game at backofthenetnews.blogspot.com/. So really, it’s hard to see how you can stop me from continuing to take an active part in your life.
Well, I’ll sign off on that worryingly propriatorial note. See you soon!