AFTER spending last year being cluster-bombed with yoghurt and half-killed by Bear Grylls, Mark Watson returns with a UK tour doing what he’s best at: being indoors.

Inspired by the ‘shocking state of the world his children are growing up in’, and a desire to do something about it, Watson’s Infinite Show, which comes to The Civic on November 23, is about empathy.

A spokesman said: “Mark tears into his topic with his notoriously high joke and rant-per-minute rate.

“And as the title suggests, in this show he takes his unusually collaborative approach one step further, aiming for an evening which will last longer in the mind than the hour the audience spend with him.”

Mark has had a long Fringe career since he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2005 Perrier Awards, before being awarded the 2006 if.comedy panel prize for performing stand-up shows.

Away from Edinburgh, he’s taken home the Time Out Critics Choice Award, been nominated for a Barry Award from the Melbourne Comedy Festival and won Best Show at both Sydney and Adelaide.

Last year saw Mark write songs, hurl coconuts and beg for piggybacks as part of Dave’s BAFTA-winning Taskmaster.

In a less pleasant TV engagement, he lost almost three stone and faced a lifelong phobia during a much talked-about stint on the TV series The Island with Bear Grylls.

Mark has also regularly appeared on BBC 2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Mock the Week, BBC One’s Would I Lie To You and Have I Got News For You.

As well as his TV and live work, Mark has been a Radio 4 mainstay for a decade, with his various series, including Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life, Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better and Mark Watson’s Live Address To The Nation.

Mark is bringing his show to The Civic on Saturday, November 23 at 8pm. For tickets, call the box office on 327000.