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Melbourne International Comedy Festival proudly presents

Mark Watson Wish You Were Here (United Kingdom)

Melbourne International Comedy Festival proudly presents

Mark Watson Wish You Were Here (UK)

Presenting a series of online shows by Festival favourite Mark Watson

Watsonathon, from 7pm Sun 4 April 'til 7pm Mon 5 April (24 hours)

Mark Watson's 24-hour shows have been among the most talked about comedy phenomena of recent years, becoming an institution at both the Edinburgh and Melbourne Festivals. During the UK's poorly-organised lockdowns, Mark's two 'Watsonathons' were the biggest online comedy events of 2020, bringing together the comedy community – fans and acts – in a pair of unique, unhinged, collaborative comedy meltdowns with loveable maniac Mark Watson himself at the helm.

Now, the 24-hour show – not seen in Melbourne since 2008 – reappears, bringing together acts from the UK, Australia and all over the world in a round-the-clock extravaganza of improvised comedy madness, crossing the borders in defiance of COVID. After all: it's always showtime SOMEWHERE.

Join Mark along with a stack of special guests from across all corners of the globe including Ahir ShahBec HillCal WilsonDaliso ChapondaJason ByrneJen BristerJoe LycettJosh GlancJosie LongLawrence LeungLou SandersMarcel LucontPhil NicholRandy FeltfaceRosie JonesSammy JSean PattonShappi KhorsandiTim KeyYuriko Kotani and more!!

Mark Watson & Friends
Premiered: Mon 22 & 29 March at 8pm AEDT
Now available On demand until 30 April at midnight AEST.

Watch Part 1 On Demand here.
Watch Part 2 On Demand here.


Mark Watson curates an evening of mixed attractions featuring some of the most loved international acts who should, right now, be here at the Comedy Festival, were it not for this bloody pandemic you'll have heard about.

Mini-comedy shows in our houses, gardens, garages; game-show formats; challenges; songs and poems; really, anything we can do to get the attention of the Melbourne public in the absence of an actual work visa. Each episode sees Mark host, with a bill full of surprises and delights.

Buy a ticket to all three shows for a discounted price of $36! (Please note the Series Pass is only available for all three show during the Festival dates). 

Suitable for audiences 16+

Before and after the show

  • Stay COVIDSafe

    The safety and wellbeing of our comedy community is our number one priority, click here for more info the Festival's COVIDSafe practices.

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    An intoxicating mix of the best stand-up, cabaret, burlesque, lip synchronisers, drag kings and queens. Spontaneous, bold, high-octane comedy genius!

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