Mark Row - A1 The Long Road to Edinburgh
Edinburgh in Just One Year? You’re Having a Laugh!
Did you hear the one about the teacher who decided to take a stand-up comedy show to the largest arts festival in the world, despite having no prior experience?
Well that’s the ambitious plan of Milton Keynes based Mark Row, who this summer will be performing at the Edinburgh Festival, and it really is no joke!
In August last year, 36 year old Mark began his journey along ‘The Long Road to Edinburgh’ and ever since then he has been learning the craft, writing material, and packing in gigs to prepare himself for this incredible challenge.
If that wasn’t difficult enough, he has been filming the entire experience to create a documentary showing the reality of a year in the life of a brand-new comedian. Fortunately, he hasn’t been walking this long road alone. The Comedy Cow’ have been supporting Mark along the way, and have provided many opportunities for him to perform, putting him on stage at their regular nights at The Red Dot Bar and even staging gigs especially for him at The Bull in Stony Stratford.
Also keeping him on the right path, Mark has been given help and advice from some of the best in the business. Making the documentary has given him the chance to interview established TV comedians James Acaster, Mark Dolan and Dane Baptiste, along with Oliver Double, the UK’s first lecturer in stand-up comedy. A lot of them have been quite honest about just how big a task this is going to be, but they all said if I get out and gig as much as I possibly can, there is nothing to stop me succeeding”
What began as a crazy idea, has now become a daunting reality, as this week Mark confirmed his venue for the festival. With shows every night for the full three and a half week run in Edinburgh, he knows that this will be a marathon not a sprint, but he sincerely hopes that both he and his audience will come out smiling in the end.
If you want to follow Mark’s journey all the way to Edinburgh you can keep up to date on the Facebook.com/markrowcomedy, Twitter @markrow80 or Instagram @mrmarkrow. Alternatively go to www.thecomedycow.co.uk for regular updates and to hear where you can see him performing over the coming weeks and months. If you find yourself in Edinburgh over the summer, you’ll be able to see Mark at Moriarty’s each night at 19:30, from the 3rd - 27th August.
10th March the Bull Stony Stratford: The Comedy Cow New Material Night