Improvisation My Dear Mark Watson
The brilliant Mark Watson hosts a one-off improv show with a twist joined by Rufus Hound, Stephen K Amos, Josie Long and Isy Suttie. Catch it - only on Dave - on Saturday 9th July at 9pm.
What do you get for the comedian who has everything? A brand spanking new improv show dripping in fancy-dan gadgets and games so clever they've all been given honorary degrees from the Institute for the Seriously Bright, that's what.
Stand up comics are naturally pretty razor-sharp when it comes to thinking on their feet – that's what happens when you have to do your job in a place where drunk people are allowed opinions. They've got to do something with all that sparky off-the-cuff wonderment, and luckily there's a new place where they can show off their spontaneity – Improvisation My Dear Mark Watson.
Hosted by the genial genius Mark Watson, this is improv with a distinctly modern twist. Through a series of widely different rounds, guests Charlie Baker, Colin Hoult, Rufus Hound, Stephen K Amos, Josie Long and Isy Suttie will be put through their paces like trembling brats at comedy's meanest boot camp. Here's a guide to the devilish challenges awaiting our plucky comics as they dare enter Watson's arena of wit.
Shopping Channel CVQ – we've all sat goggle-eyed in front of shopping channels, even if we don't like to admit it. The sorts of shows where there's a thin line between sales pitch and harrowing cry for help, where a cheap piece of tat is reported to be worth more money than God's shin bones. They're the perfect foil for some fun-poking, then, and that's just what the wits will be doing as they attempt to sell a mystery object.
Rap battle – oh yes. OH YES. This is what the world of comedy has been waiting for and it didn't even realise until now. The genius of a rap battle is its unrelenting confrontation, but rather than trading insults about the relative paucity of their genitals or the massive wedges of cash they have, our comics will be rapping about things of a more earthy, comforting nature. Like nans. Or kittens. Now isn't that better than getting covered in what the youngsters call 'beef'?
Funeral fun – who says Facebook isn't good for something? If you'd despaired of the web and thought there was a better chance of getting laughs from social services than social networking you may be about to have your flabber gasted. With the aid of a 'helpful friend' (cruel-hearted informer) an audience member's life and works are dissected by our comics at a mock funeral. Delivering the sort of eulogy that'd get you booted out of even the most perfunctory of crematoria, the comics rake over the 'deceased's' personality via this priceless online window into their very souls. Or Farmville history, at least.
Green screen – from Facebook to another corner of the Internet where people can assume alternative identities in order to make people want to hang out with them – Second Life. This round lets the comics' imaginations run wild – and thanks to a green screen we can see them in all manner of bizarre situations without their having to actually leave the studio. Warning for those with a delicate disposition: this round may contain lycra.
Remote control – this is a sort of interactive Radio Times, as our funny-makers are forced to re-enact scenes from shows at the whim of the cackling Watson. One minute they might be trying to pretend to vajazzle something, the next they'll be braving the horrors of Loose Women. Oh the humanity...
Sound effects – no, sadly it's not a resurrection of the only good cast member from Police Academy, but instead a chance for our comics to have a funny-off while a series of sound effects are thrown at their unsuspecting brains. Naturally they'll have to incorporate them into the act, however bonkers they might be.
When is it on?
The series is currently off-air.
He's appeared on every meaningful stand-up or panel show on TV in the last few years. He's Mark Watson and we want to kiss his face.
Dave took Mark back to his hometown of Bristol for a special stand-up gig, supported by Alex Horne and Andi Osho.