People power: Comedian lets fans decide tour stops

COMEDIAN Mark Watson will visit Aberdeen in December.
COMEDIAN Mark Watson will visit Aberdeen in December.

Stand-up comedian, Edinburgh Festival regular and novelist Mark Watson has planned his latest tour by tweet and blog.

And his Request Stops tour will take him to Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Lounge, on Friday, December 9.

The comedian admitted he was troubled by disappointed tweets such as ‘Why aren’t you coming to Berwick?’, ‘Is there a specific reason for your endless neglect of Chorley?’ ‘Why are you going to Southampton instead of Inverness?’ every time he announced a set of tour dates, even though he has a reputation for being one of the hardest-working and most-constantly-travelling comics around.

So this time round, Mark has allowed fans to dictate his entire schedule, as the best way to ensure happy gig-goers

Last year, via his daily blog - loved by everyone except Frankie Boyle - he invited fans to suggest destinations for his 2011 shows and over the past few months he’s been sifting these suggestions, weeding out ones like Gaza posted by people seeking to trap and kill him, and calculating the most popular choices from what remained.

From now until Christmas he will traverse the country to perform at over 50 specially requested towns and cities – including Aberdeen in December.

His show will include a mixture of old favourites and new material, experimental stuff and greatest hits to those who have previously been deprived of his trademark frantic wit, rambling, emotional neediness etc.

Mark is regularly seen on television in various shows including Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You, Would I Lie to You and Argumental.

He now describes himself as one of the UK’s most eager-to-be-liked comics trundling obligingly around the nation like some sort of remote-controlled car being driven by a lunatic.

Tickets are on sale now, online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.