2015 Scottish Comedian Of The Year Mark Nelson’s mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners have seen him firmly established as one of the UK’s biggest-hitting comedy powerhouses.
With a likeable manner on stage belying some of the stronger content, Nelson often has audiences laughing at things they know they really shouldn’t be laughing at. He is certainly not for the easily offended, yet the material is intelligent, well conceived and beautifully crafted, all supported by a very confident delivery. He is a much-sought-after headlining comic and a writer with the skill and intellect to be able to adapt his material to suit a corporate audience and this side of his career is rapidly developing.
Sold out shows at seven Glasgow International Comedy Festivals include Lowering The Tone (2007), Aftershock (2008), Smile You Son Of A Bitch (2009), Offending The Senses (2010), Guilty Pleasure (2011), Under The Radar (2012), Nelson—Live (2014)] as well as hugely successful seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe with his solo shows Offending The Senses (2010), Guilty Pleasure (2011), Under The Radar (2012).
He was signed by 2Entertain, BBC Worldwide‘s video distribution label and his skills as a writer have also been recognised including material for three series of BBC3′s Russell Howard’s Good News
His 2013 debut radio series Mark Nelson’s Guide To Marriage won the Scottish Comedy Awards Radio prize and he is starring in the BBC’s 2014 Commonwealth Games satirical stand-up/sketch series Don’t Drop The Baton.
Most of all, Nelson is a pure and unadulterated standup of the highest order. As he understatedly says: “With my show, there’s no message, no theme, no overarching narrative, it’s just a collection of jokes.”
“Mark Nelson possesses a talent that is simply obscene… You’ll want to see what the all the fuss is about, his act definitely reveals a star in the making. A remarkably accomplished stage manner with wonderfully crafted gags” The List
“A remarkably accomplished stage presence… blistering material which pushes dangerously near the boundaries of good taste” Sunday Times
“A viciously sharp sense of timing” Metro