The inaugural Scottish Comedian of the Year, BBC Radio Scotland presenter and writer for Russell Howard – Mark Nelson is possibly the most decorated circuit comedian in Scotland. Barely a year after his first-ever open-spot, He has been tour support for Jason Manford, Russell Kane and Jim Jeffries!
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. An MA degree in Politics from Glasgow University supports his brilliantly topical writing and, although his stand-up is certainly not for the easily offended, the material is intelligent, well conceived and beautifully crafted, all supported by a very confident delivery.
Mark’s excellent writing skills are also being recognised. His debut radio series Mark Nelson’s Guide To Marriage broadcast in December 2013 and won the Scottish Comedy Awards Radio Prize. He supplied material for Jason Manford’s A Funny Old Week, and three series of Russell Howard’s Good News. Mark also wrote and performed sketches, topical stand-up and co-hosted with Susan Calman BBC Scotland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games satirical comedy series Don’t Drop The Baton.
More recently Mark has appeared on The One Show (BBC1), Comedy Marathon (BBC3) and Comedy Underground (BBC Scotland)
Mark has sold out his hour-long shows at more than a dozen Glasgow International Comedy Festivalsand performed six hugely successful seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2017 he was voted by Voice magazine as Winner of Pick of the Fringe.