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.