In 2013 Mark Simmons came runner up in the prestigious Leicester Mercury comedian of the year competition, in addition to reaching the finals of ‘So you think you’re funny’, ‘Amused Moose Laugh off’ and the ‘NATY award’’.
Since then he has been in demand headlining shows on the UK comedy circuit and has been supporting Seann Walsh and Rob Beckett on their national tours, as well as one off shows supporting Michael Maccintyre and Jack Dee.
At the end of 2016 Mark starred in the BBC3 documentary ‘One for the road’, which followed he and Seann Walsh on tour in the Scottish Highlands.
His solo show at the Edinburgh festival received glowing 4-5 star reviews:
‘Master of one liners’ (one4review *****)
“A talented comic with an artisan’s grasp of joke-writing” (Chortle ****)
‘Gags of the highest order’ (Broadway baby ****)
‘Hilarious one liners’ (Edinburgh Festival Magazine ****)
‘perfectly timed, clever one-liners’ (Leicester Mercury)
‘Exceptional quick witted comedy’ (Bristol Post)
‘Very funny show’ (Time Out)
Mark also performed a double act with Seann Walsh at this year Edinburgh fringe called S&M Masterclass, which received 4 stars from the Scotsman critic, Kate Copstick, saying the show was ‘absolutely hilarious’.
Mark is a keen movie goer and presents a regular movie podcast with Seann Walsh called ‘the film-ish podcast’, as well as a joke based podcast where he chats to fellow comedians called ‘Jokes not in my Show’.