Comedian Mark Watson to host September meat industry awards ceremony

Comedian Mark Watson to host September meat industry awards ceremony

Popular comedian and novelist Mark Watson has been announced as the host of this year’s much anticipated Meat Management Industry Awards ceremony and dinner, which takes place in Birmingham on 12th September.

Comedian and novelist Mark Watson will host the 2023 Meat Management Industry Awards.

Mark is a past Edinburgh Festival Award Winner and his recent TV credits include QI (BBC2) Taskmaster (Dave) and Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island (Channel 4). Mark has been the face of shows such as BBC Four’s We Need Answers and BBC Radio 4’s Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better. 

He has also appeared on Mock The Week, Celebrity PointlessHave I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You?, Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala. 

Not only a successful stand-up artist, Mark has written seven novels: Bullet Points (2004), A Light-Hearted Look At Murder (2007), Eleven (2010), The Knot (2012), Hotel Alpha (2014), The Place That Didn’t Exist (2016) and Contacts (2020). In 2017, his graphic novel Dan and Sam was purchased by Amblin, Steven Spielberg’s studio, for a possible film adaptation.

In 2020 he arranged and hosted The Watsonathon, a 24 Hour online show which raised over £44,000 in aide of FareShare, Hospice Income Generation Network, and the Nextup Comedy Heckle The Virus fund. His latest tour and his latest show, How You Can Almost Win, was inspired by his time on Bear Gryll’s Celebrity Island.

Joanna Thomson, editor of Meat Management was enthusiastic on hearing the news: “It really is brilliant news that Mark is able to join us and host the awards ceremony this year. I loved Mark’s series of Taskmaster so I’m sure he’ll be great fun.”

Meat Management publisher Graham Yandell added: “The Meat Management Industry Awards is the biggest annual meat industry event in the UK and is always a unique and special occasion in the business / social calendar. I was delighted to hear that Mark will be our celebrity host on 12th September and the whole team at Meat Management is planning forward to make sure our guests and partners enjoy an evening to remember.”

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The Meat Management Industry Awards black tie dinner and ceremony takes place on Tuesday evening 12th September at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole (near to the NEC). For more information go to or contact the organisers by emailing Paige Philips:

Thank you to the 2023 Official Awards Partners:

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Please note the event date is subject to any government rulings on public assembly and therefore the organisers reserve the right to make appropriate changes if required affecting the date or venue at their absolute discretion.

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