Interview: Mark Simmons talks upcoming gig at The Point

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This Thursday (24 May) at The Point, Eastleigh comedians Mark Simmons and Matt Rees, two rising stars of the comedy world, will take to the stage.

Ahead of their performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer, emerging comedians Mark Simmons and Matt Rees present a fiercely funny double-bill at The Point this May.

Mark Simmons’s One Linererer is a witty evening of what the comedian does best: one liner’s. As heard on BBC Radio 4, Mark has previously supported Rob Beckett, Rob Brydon and Michael McIntyre on their national tours.

Matt Rees presents Happy Hour; his debut show for the Edinburgh Fringe. Matt has already won a host of awards for his work as a comedian, and was nominated for Chortle’s Best Newcomer.

The evening is a great opportunity to see two of comedy’s newest stars in The Point’s intimate auditorium. We managed to catch up with Mark as he talked about the upcoming show and more!

So how much are you looking forward to playing The Point alongside Matt Rees this month?

I can’t wait, Matts got a great show so will be a cracking night but I’m mostly looking forward to walking around the park next door but that’s beside The Point.

So you have Edinburgh Festival Fringe coming up also, will you be trialling a lot of this material in Eastleigh?

Yes Edinburgh is very soon so i’ve got new one-liners coming out of my ears. Most of which will be in the final show but I will be bringing my joke bin for any that Eastleigh don’t like.
I have had a couple of previews already, here is an example of a joke that has already made it into the show “I keep writing letters to myself, dear me” and here’s an example of a gag already in the joke bin “my Girlfriend said that as a planet we need to find an alternative energy source, I said, what about Lucozade ketchup?” (Energy sauce!! get it?) For the record I still like it but the awkward silence on three separate occasions have convinced me to drop it.

What has been your favourite moment as a comedian so far?

There have been a lot but probably supporting Rob Brydon on tour playing to 2000+ people.

What would you tell anyone who is looking to get into comedy?

There’s not enough gigs, get lost.

If you could perform alongside any comedian in the world, who would it be and why?

My dream has always been to perform alongside comedian Matt Rees and in an ideal world it would be in a place called Eastleigh. If it were ever to happen I’d advise you to get your tickets quick.

It is very good value for money for the Eastleigh show, do you think more shows should be cheaper to watch?

The tickets are cheap??? I need to speak to my agent.

What do you get up to in your spare time when not writing comedy?

I like boats. I was going to sail around the globe in the worlds smallest ship but I bottled it.