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Competition: (Closed) Win a Trip to London to Watch Mark Watson's Comedy Marathon!

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Audible UK are running another competition, this time to win tickets to watch the marvellous comedian, author, and broadcaster Mark Watson performing his legendary Comedy Marathon!.

There's still one day left to enter! 

"Mark Watson and a team of similarly unwise people revive one of modern comedy's most beloved and stupid traditions. A 26.2-hour show to launch Mark’s new podcast as part of Audible’s sponsorship of the Virgin Money London Marathon. Guests can attend for the full 26.2 hours (or for however long they can last) and help Mark make it to the end of his epic Comedy Marathon. The starting pistol for the Comedy Marathon will fire at 9:48pm and finish 26.2 hours later."

Picture of Mark Watson, Sara Pascoe, Angela Barnes, and Rufus Hound, all wearing gym-style headbands.

Here's what Audible have to say about the competition:

Listen to Win

A marathon of laughs for one lucky winner and guest!

One lucky winner and their guest will attend Mark Watson’s Comedy Marathon to be held at The Pleasance Theatre in Islington. The event will start on 27 February at 9:48pm and run through to midnight on 28 February. Transport to and from London and two nights' accommodation will also be provided.

How do I enter?

To enter the prize draw all you have to do is listen to a Comedy Audio Show listed on this page. Audio Shows are free for members. Simply add to your library and start listening!

Entry to the Prize Draw is automatic when you listen to a Qualifying Item within the Prize Draw Period which runs from 23 January, 2019 at 10am to 31 January, 2019 at 10am.

Entrants must listen to a minimum of 60 seconds to qualify.
Entrants and their guest must be 18 years or over.
Entrants must be resident in the United Kingdom, excluding Northern Ireland.

Full terms and conditions, here.

Audible Shows are free, podcast-style audiobooks which are available to subscribers. There are some superb comedy shows to choose from, but these are a few of the ones I have most enjoyed:

 Sue Perkins Earpedia audiobook cover. Photo of a smiling Sue Perkins on a jungle-themed background

13 episodes, each around 10 minutes long.

My first Audible Show, and still one of the best. The only drawback to this series is that it is sadly far too short! Perkins is a wonderful narrator and I enjoyed listening to both this series, and its partner, Plantpedia. I heartily recommend Sue Perkins' autobiography, Spectacles, too.

"Former Bake Off host, passionate animal lover and comedian Sue Perkins, is our indispensable guide to the animal kingdom. Join her on a comical, insightful and, at times, shocking nature trail around the world. 
In this mad-cap adventure, she introduces us to the amazing, surprising and hysterical truth about all creatures great and small. From the African lungfish to the kangaroo, get ready for an irreverent, funny and often furry journey of discovery."

Ricky Gervais Guide to audiobook cover featuring Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington, and Ricky Gervais

10 episodes, each around 50 minutes long.

A long-standing favourite podcast, and one of the first to get me listening to podcasts in the earlier days of the medium, you really can't go wrong with these.

"Join Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and the glabrous luminary Karl Pilkington for a series of in-depth discussions from the human body to the arts. Ponder along with the comedians as they debate the important things in life and society, from the controversial to the everyday. 
As always, in the midst of taking stances on issues as wide ranging as capital punishment and natural remedies, both Ricky and Steve take the opportunity to draw out Karl's often nonchalant and superficial take on the subjects leading to hilarious tangents. An amusing opportunity to explore fascinating topics."

 The Unbelievable Truth audiobook cover featuring David Mitchell

6 episodes, each around 28 minutes long.

This is a comedy panel show I have followed on BBC Radio for many years now, and I still love each new episode as much as the last.

"David Mitchell hosts the hilarious panel show which turns honest men into lying cheats. In this devious and delightfully funny competition, four comedians have the audacity to lie through their teeth for victory. 
They compete against each other with lies, untruths and dishonesty. Tall tales, white lies, blatant bluffs and misdirection rule. Can they smuggle the truth past each other or will they be caught in the act of lying? Listen in, play along and try to separate fact from fiction in the ultimate lying game."

 Crackanory audiobook cover, featuring a leather chair and microphone

11 episodes, each around 15 minutes long.

Delightfully wicked and subversive stories from some of comedy's best-loved narrators. Thre have been some very funny tales across the four series' of Crackanory so far.

Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world? Inspired by the popular children’s TV show Crackanory combines some of the UK’s best comedy writers and performers. 
From much-loved funnyman Jack Dee narrating a story of a man who quickly becomes the World’s most-hated after tweeting a celebrity to actress and writer Sharon Hogan telling a story of a political translator getting creative with her interpreting, expect to be amused further by the likes of Hugh Dennis, Sally Phillips and Richard Hammond.

And if my favourites aren't enough to convince you, then why not browse the full selection of Audible Shows. You're bound to find something that will make this competition a pleasure to enter. 

A few years ago Comic Relief compiled some highlights of Mark's 2015 marathon, which will give you a good idea of what to expect if you win - and an incentive to get listening! Also keep an eye on Audible.co.uk for Mark's Comedy Marathon Podcast, which is expected in February.

More information about Mark Watson's Comedy Marathon can be found on the Pleasance Theatre website. This year the proceeds of all ticket sales will help support Dementia Revolution.


  1. I love the Crackanory stories, and Sue Perkins’ shows. There’s a good Audible show from the Edinburgh Fringe, too.

    1. Ooh, I'll check that out, thanks Heather! I listened to some of the BBC's Live from the Fringe but missed lots!


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