Mark Nelson Debuts at Soho Theatre, Now thru Aug 30
Mark Nelson, widely considered one of the UK's most exciting and significant emerging comedy talents, makes his Soho Theatre Debut with an hour of his uncompromising, no-frills and extremely funny stand up.
Armed solely with his dark sense of humour, sublime material and an unparalleled capacity for creating comedy from the darkest of places, Mark Nelson has impressed both Edinburgh Fringe critics and audiences alike with his no holds barred comedy. His first two solo fringe seasons sold out in 2010 and 2011, he was signed to 2Entertain for his first DVD release and he has written and starred in his own BBC radio comedy series Mark Nelson'S GUIDE TO MARRIAGE.
DAILY TELEGRAPH CRITICS CHOICE 2011
For the first time Scotland's best kept secret comes to Soho - Nelson is a comedian at the top of his game without the usual hype or the TV panel games and this is a gimmick-free show of stunning material and world-class stand-up.
"Barbed wit and dark fodder are assured from the Scotsman with a knack for making people laugh about things they know they really shouldn't laugh about... A real biting wit... Nelson's stage persona is a correspondingly rebarbative one. And yet, a solid morality tends to underpin even his most extreme material, and there's no shortage of self-mockery, either... There are enough fleeting and engaging chinks in his armour to suggest that he is, in fact, a complete softie who likes nothing better than an evening in with his fiancée, a load of scatter cushions and an AlEd Jones CD. Then again, I may have just signed my own death-warrant." Mark Monahan DAILY TELEGRAPH
Since winning the inaugural Scottish Comedian Of The Year Award in 2006, Nelson's career has gone from strength to strength. From supporting Jim Jeffries and Russell Kane on national tours to providing material for BBC 3's "Russell Howard's Good News", to headlining the UK's most prestigious Comedy Clubs, Nelson is a huge talent on the ascent.
"With no narrative arc or gimmicks, Nelson presents himself as a straight talker, not scared of eliciting shocked gasps with his more provocative material. He deals in the controversial with a cheeky grin, as if the words magically appeared in his mouth... his profanity is utterly charming." THE LIST