We are passionate about our projects and will go to all possible lengths to make other people passionate about them.
We do not call comedians ‘talent’, we try to avoid referring to artistic works as ‘content’, and we do not claim to have ‘a great relationship’ with people we’ve never met.
We are already producing live and scripted comedy and have ongoing projects in drama (live and broadcast), documentary, and light entertainment. Our future areas of activity may include – but are not limited to – film, digital-only, and one of those shows where someone trains difficult dogs etc.
We’re also one of the first performer-led independents to venture into live promotion. We have produced five live shows for Mark Watson at the Edinburgh Festival between 2014 and 2016, and the main ones, Flaws and I'm Not Here toured nationally and internationally with impatient.
We do all this because we have a combined twenty three years’ experience in TV, radio and live touring – much of it as hands-on as you can get, i.e. making shows and doing tours; we’ve learned a lot about the good and bad ways things are done, and we are (if you will) impatient to put those lessons into action. Also because we enjoy it.
Mark Watson is routinely described as ‘comedy’s busiest man’. He has written five novels, published in twelve different languages: the fifth of them is due out in July 2014, and the sixth (a graphic novel) will come next year. He’s also written his own, hugely popular Radio 4 series – the fourth series of which will be produced by impatient in 2014 – and numerous TV projects including A Child’s Christmases In Wales for BBC4 (which won a Celtic Media Award). He’s appeared on literally dozens of TV shows; he’s guested regularly on Mock The Week and all the other ones like that, he hosted cult quiz We Need Answers for BBC4 and was recently half of Road to Rio, an original series for Dave which took him across South America. He remains best known, though, as one of Britain’s leading stand-ups, the recipient of half-a-dozen major awards, and a regular at festivals all over the world. He has (so far) toured eightfull-length shows nationally and internationally, two of them produced and promoted by impatient. To cement the ‘busiest man in the world’ thing he has performed a series of legendary marathon shows, the most recent for Comic Relief in 2015. He last took a tea-break in April 2004.
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Lianne Coop has also been pretty busy. She was an in-house comedy producer for BBC Radio Comedy for 9 years, within which time she produced many well-loved scripted comedy shows with many brilliant well-loved comedians including: Mark Watson's Live Address to the Nation (the first completely live comedy series of its time on Radio 4 in many years), Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better, Sarah Millican's Support Group (Sony Award nominated), Isy Suttie's Love Letters (Sony Award winner), Thom Tuck Goes Straight to DVD, Chain Reaction, 4 Stands Up and Single Files for Radio 4. She also single handedly resurrected and produced the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2011 and 2012, a nationwide search for new comedians with production which spanned live events, online film, radio and Red Button broadcast with live voting, and has helped launch the broadcast careers of the wonderful Angela Barnes and Lucy Beaumont; as well as Rhod Gilbert's Bulging Barrel of Laughs (Sony Award nominated), Tim Minchin's Strings, Alan Carr and Friends at the Fringe and The Wilson Dixon Line for Radio 2. She left in-house BBC to work with Mark, and has since given up on tea-breaks.
Corry Shaw joined the impatient ranks in September this year (2017) and we couldn't be more pleased. During her 23 years in the comedy business Corry has worked for the Edinburgh Stand, Brighton and Bath Komedia, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Chortle, GSOH, Gag Reflex, Glorious Management, Bound & Gagged, Radio Forth, The Edinburgh Evening News and has served as a barmaid, reviewer, producer, agent, booker, web administrator, tour booker, researcher, show manager and venue manager. She also launched and ran Foolhardy Comedy which provided act representation for Alfie Brown, Ed Gamble, Iain Sterling, Tom Rosenthal, Sean McLoughlin, Flange Krammer, Fin Taylor and David Elms. In 2012 she staged managed the Edinburgh Comedy Award winning 'The Wrestling'. Corry has also been heavily involved with Mark Watson's marathon Fringe shows and produced his '24 Hour Jamboree To Save The Planet' in 2007 and 'Mark Watson's Last Ever 24 Hour Show' in 2009. In 2013 she co-produced his 25 hour show for Comic Relief which raised over £60,000 for the charity, and in 2015 his 27 hour show which raised over £100,000.
Despite the occasional witty one-liner and having that northern sing-songy thing that Victoria Wood made famous, Siren Turner has got nothing on this lot in terms of comedy credentials but she is quickly catching them up. Combining her love for live performance and a tendency towards OCD in the organisation stakes, she has worked happily at Impatient since April 2016 and continues to be inspired by funny bones and comedic brains. She has assisted Mark and Lianne in producing several shows for Radio 4 - Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life, Angela Barnes: You Can’t Take It With You, Ria Lina: School of Riason and Kate Fox: The Price of Happiness - and alongside Mark’s MW tour has coordinated UK-wide tours for Sofie Hagen, Yianni Agisilaou and Gary Delaney.
What a lovely bunch.