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Dunno ‘bout you, but contemplating the uncertainty of traversing this mortal coil is not exactly what I have in mind when I think of suitable topics for a stand-up routine. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much else on the table to take inspiration from for quite a while.

There’s still a handful of comics that can really benefit from these circumstances though: Mark Watson is already known for his pessimistic outlook on life, so now it’s really his time to shine. His new show This Can’t Be It, which comes to The Witham in Barnard Castle on Thursday 10th February, isn’t for anyone prone to existential crises, because the spiral of despair with any more than one over-thinker in the room would be too much to handle. Leave it to the professionals. Thanks to the calculations of a totally-not-dubious app, he’s worked out he’s exactly halfway through his life. Dealing with that knowledge, if accurate (doubtful), is enough to turn anyone a little paranoid. Watson has plenty of experience when it comes to anxiety, so there’s no one better to walk you through the ins and outs of dealing with your own mortality. You have to laugh, or else you’ll just end up crying.

Mark Watson performs at The Witham, Barnard Castle on Thursday 10th February.

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