Mark Watson makes a stunning return to form with his stand-up show, The Information. Among many things, an incident concerning identity fraud inspired his new festival outing. Watson, in turn, deliberates on the role of fact and fiction - that is, information and misinformation - in contemporary society, serving up a delightfully diverse hour with a few surprises in store.
Watson, as ever, emerges the comedic-equivalent of a playful pup, such is his intense enthusiasm. His stage-presence is a shot in the arm, the silver-tongued comic eternally restless and excited, irrespective of the matter at hand. The frantic pace endures throughout the entire show, Watson ensuring his audience ultimately find themselves swept up in the affair - either directly or indirectly. In fact, Watson really relishes in his ability to connect with crowds this time around, allocating a great portion of the show to a unique kind of audience participation.
From his tales of absurd falsehoods, to his witty bouts of wordplay, to his enduring warmth as performer, Watson has plenty of tricks up his sleeve to cast The Information as a good-willed and good-humored affair. Pleasingly intense and intensely pleasing, it's a shining example of wonderfully funny stand-up with a few curve-balls thrown in for good measure.