Mark Nelson thinks things over ahead of Funny in Falkirk show

Mark Nelson plays Behind the Wall on Wednesday, July 23
Mark Nelson plays Behind the Wall on Wednesday, July 23

Buying a house and the forthcoming independence referendum are just two of the issues that Mark Nelson has been ruminating on recently.

The Lanark-born comedian, who plays Falkirk’s Behind the Wall on July 23, believes the two are naturally linked, as he explains in his new show ‘Please Think Responsibly’.

Funny in Falkirk

Funny in Falkirk

“I talk about taking responsibility myself, such as getting married and buying a house, and how that ties in with the collective responsibilty we face in September,” he said.

“The referendum is a massive decision, probably the biggest decision that many of us will ever make. But there are still elements of it that are quite funny, and can be laughed at. I realised this when I saw the Better Together campaign video starring John Barrowman.”

Mark, who grew up in Dumfries, is an award-winning comedian who quit his job at Scottish Power to become a full-time stand-up in 2009. As well as starring in his own shows, he’s written for several TV stars including Russell Howard.

He’s also soon to appear in a new BBC sketch show which pokes fun at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

A confirmed Yes voter, he stresses that his Falkirk performance will look at the pros and cons from both sides of the debate.

“I’m not trying to convert people,” he added. “When I first started talking about it folk were still largely apathetic about the whole thing. Now they are taking it much more seriously. It’s funny, I first noitced a change when David Bowie made his intervention.”

It’s a different story down south, however.

“They largely don’t care,” Mark explained. I’ve even tried baiting audiences a couple of times, but to almost no effect. There’s a wee bit bewilderment about the whole thing.”

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