Welcome To Billy Watson TV

Billy Watson TV


Hello, I am Billy. Thanks for dropping in.

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Billy Watson
An Ordinary Punter With His Mind Turned.....ON!

Over the years I have performed comedy and poetry in various bars and clubs around Scotland and more recently in Antalya in Turkey, where I now reside.

I performed both as myself and also as a few different comedy characters who in order of appearance were The Great White Shaft, Hamish McTavish/McScottie and the main one I do now Nob Stewart.

I also like to make video blogs in and out of character and interview and film people I find of interest such as conspiracy researchers, comedians, musicians and poets.

The purpose of this website is to showcase the various pieces of work I have done over the years as well as share some of the videos I managed to capture of the other artists.

If you are an artist please feel free to send me a video of you performing and who knows, I may even put it on my blog. Woo-hoo!

Thanks again for taking an interest in the site and I hope to get more acquainted with you as time goes on.

Cheers!

Check Out My Review From Dafty News

Website Contents

Billy at Mr Blues

Billy Blogs Get access to my blogs about various topics from the News and the Internet in general. Includes interviews with authors, comedians and musicians.

Comedy I have recorded some skits of me performing some of my sketches to the camera.

Poetry I sometimes get the urge to write some poetry. You can see the results inside.

Video Blogs Sometimes I feel inspired to switch my camera on and talk whaterver comes into my head. If you comment on the videos I will respond in my next one.

Gigs Over the years I have taken various camcorders to record my gigs. Come and see how well I went down......

Photos Have camera will take photos. That's my motto and I have taken a lot over the years and over half of them are not even selfies!

Billy Watson Gigs

I have performed over 300 poetry and comedy gigs in Scotland at various comedy clubs and open mic nights stretching way back to 2001.

I have also performed a one man show at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Come on in and join the fun!

Antalya Music
I have lived in Antalya in Turkey since 2006 and in that time I have made friends with and videoed quite a few different bands in the Old Town, Kaleiçi.
Halloween Parties
I was a founding member of different Expats groups and we have had a few Halloween Parties over the years which give me another excuse to dress up silly!
Billy The Big Kid
I have been invited to a few different schools so the children could meet a native English speaker. I don't know why but they seem to like my patter.

Billy Watson Reviews

I’d heard of Billy and his name appears in circles of mine – with very good reason. After only a few seconds into his set I knew then this was going to be that wee surprise I was promised. The fast-paced Edinburgh comedian moved from one subject to another, from different angles, from a variety of tones and emphasis. I haven’t seen a comedian in such a long time who could race, pause, and change direction at the same time and still manage to pull it off while remaining wide-eyed focused and in thorough control, throughout. Billy has that unconditional energy on a grand scale. If I may also point out – he is the first Edinburgh comedian I’ve heard to pull off a Glasgow football-related line that made me think and laugh at the same time. That takes some beating. Billy is quick, boy is he quick. You get your money’s worth with him, that’s for sure for entertainment value. He’s animated and out in front where many daren’t go – both in the physical sense and in the material sense. A definite jaw-opener, which we need more of in comedy, if you ask me. Like most reviews I try to write about the comedian as a person, the material on show and what impact the comedian has made on the audience first – me a distant second. Billy has everything I love in a comedian. Having Hicks and Carlin as some of my influences; I could relate to Billy’s style. He has that controlled anger, offloading his vent from a tightly-clutched fist-around-the-mic and delivering a punch packed with full-on, in-your-face meaning. This guy isn’t just discharging frustration at the world – he is a voice of reason. Politically in tune – and charged, I found Billy’s wealth of knowledge a joy to behold. He mixed his material with what the audience loved to hear and with some the audience could do well to hear a lot more of. Yes, Billy is a highly-recommended act and easily bookable. He’ll go anywhere, anytime. He’s serious about his comedy and serious about his purpose as a comedian.
Stephen HamiltonDafty News
Turning up to a show call Sex, Drugs and Marriage you can pretty much hazard a guess at the material you’ll be exposed to, right? Wrong. Billy Watson has other ideas. Having so insulted audiences in the days leading up to this performance – to the extent he was left pretty much devoid of a crowd – he’s decided to ditch the material and fill his hour with an improvised rant. Nothing is sacred to this fiery-haired character; from his relationship with a voluptuous S&M-loving opera singer to his hatred of football fans, religion and of course the Fringe itself. While this could have been a chance for something more refreshing than the usual formulaic comedy that saturates festivals, it lacked any sort of cohesion and more than borders on being embittered. To such a degree that the modest crowd becomes bewildered and restless. An irritating and aggressive heckler doesn’t help matters and only serves to throw him even further off-kilter just at the moment we spy a glimmer of a considered idea. There are a few laughs but they’re thin on the ground and you feel the decision to abandon his show destroys any chance Watson had of displaying his talent effectively. A bold attempt to try something different, although I’m curious to know what could have possibly been more offensive than this.
Collette CullenThe Skinny
At the start of this show Billy Watson talks about cocks and pubes and soon moves on to describe a tedious pursuit of pussy, which would presumably not be half as tedious if he ever realised that "pussy" is typically part of a human being. I looked on in envy as a couple left early in the show. He talks of his early girlfriends, with such choice statements as "I waited until her sixteenth birthday before I penetrated her" and "I put her on the pill" as if these women weren't people in their own right who could make decisions about what happens to them. He manages to be a little bit funny when he lays off the misogyny to explain why you can't learn to play the guitar when you're on LSD, but returns all too soon to tell us about his failed marriage. While it is not impossible to relate your wife's mental health issues in stand-up, Watson manages to be neither funny nor sensitive. He pats himself on the back for not leaving her while she is ill, but spends a fortune on adult chat lines. He also veers into racism (because obviously only offending women would not be sufficient) asserting that 90% of Turks are retards because they can't speak English and more than half of Americans are on anti-depressants. He returns to his favourite theme when he has the epiphany that the world would be a better place if "birds" would just "let us fuck them more". There were some men in the audience who laughed, but this show is a sad demonstration that there are still people who regard women as fucktoys and little else, objects that are disappointingly high maintenance when they malfunction. My advice to Mr Watson is to stay away from women if he dislikes them so much and my advice to potential audience members is to give this show a wide berth.
Helene CloeteBroadway Baby
It is good to see Scottish comics taking shows to the Fringe - not intimidated by the high standard of many of the international acts. And the local lad certainly put his heart and soul into his show, working the small audience extremely well. He has excellent confidence and stage presence, but his material needs some attention. If you tackle such well-worn subjects as the War on Terrorism or internet pornography, you have to find something fresh and funny to say about them. Watson would benefit from a few months on the London circuit - honing his material and learning where to draw the line. All the same, I admired his gung-ho dedication to his craft, particularly the story of how he was on stage when he admitted marital infidelity for the first time - and his wife was in the audience. STAR RATING (out of five): ***
Chris WilsonComedy Reviewer

A Friends Response To The Bad Reivews Above

It says that the review box isn't a place to have a go at the reviewer of your show. But since this wasn't my show....although I will put my hand up and admit my bias in that Billy is a mate of mine - I would like to challenge what was written about the performance by Helen cloete from the perspective of someone who was at the same show, who laughed and who the reviewer therefore assumes "regard(s) women as fucktoys and little else". It is for the admins to judge whether my being Billy's friend means that my review is completely biased and without objective interest to anyone else. If so they can delete it as they wish.

The other thing is that although it's almost a year since this show took place, I still feel compelled to write a response to it now, this page is one of the first that comes up on google if you type Billy's name and the name of the show in and I think it would be nice in the interests of fairness if someone who enjoyed and appreciated the show (and who therefore Helen Cloete insulted in this review) had his say. Preamble over.

The main point and one that I think was lost on some of the audience members (and at least one other reviewer so I don't blame Helen that much here) was that Billy's whole show was about being completely honest about the things he's done throughout in his life, even if that made him come across looking like a scumbag and a loser at times.

The fact is that he was constantly the butt of his own jokes and that far from boasting about certain activities and celebrating certain attitudes he was exposing how sleazy and disgusting they were and confessing his shame about them, warts and all. Indeed it didn't take much to spot the heavey, heavy current of irony and what felt at times like self- loathing that ran throughout Billy's performance, something that any intelligent audience member would have appreciated and would have taken as an indicitation that the main victim and target of Billy's ire was himself.

The 'choice statements' and lines that the reviewer mentions ("I waited until her sixteenth birthday before I penetrated her") were so crude and absurd in the context of the whole show and Billy's performance and delivery that there was no way that they could have been confused as being endorsements of misogyny or as being celebratory.

In fact it's difficult not to see the transgressive humour in the whole set up where talks at length and extremely candidly about his wie's mental health difficulties and her cancer and then mentions his chat line addiction - like Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor have been writing material like this for decades.

I'm sure if the reviewer had been around in the 60's she would have attacked Lenny Bruce for being a racist for using the N-word. How can anyone miss the point so much? Really, even reading the line about 90½ of Turks being retards because they can't speak English, in the context of a show about a man who moved to Turkey and didn't bother learning any Turkish....you would need a total humour bypass not to see that he was actually ATTACKING racism and the bigotry of Ex-Pats who move abroad and refuse to 'learn the lingo' and most of all attacking himself for being lazy.

The problem might be that Billy doesn't talk in a clipped Oxbridge accent and neither can he bypass conventional British class snobberies by speaking in an American accent like Doug Stanhope (who says things far cruder and sicker than anything Billy did but who is celebrated for it), but that he has a broad Scottish accent...and he hasn't even SHOCK HORROR been to University.

So anyone with certain socio-economic perceptions might assume that such a person is incapable of being clever or ironic or subtle and that being nothing but a foulmouthed simpleton he must be taken at face value, like Bernard Manning or Roy Chubby Brown.

I remember when the reviewer (very rudely) heckled Billy partway through his performance. She had (and permit me a little prejudice here myself) such a conspiciously upper middle class accent that reeked so much of privallege that it almost made you wince.

Whatever else you might want to say such a person has mostly likely led a very sheltered existence and probably hasn't encountered too many people from Billy's background and so its understandable that she should.

By the way, I took my Italian girlfriend to see another performance of the same show. She regards herself as a feminist (and certainly doesn's see women as fucktoys or objects) and is very intelligent - she has Masters degree in Philosophy and a PhD too - and she got it.

She understood that Billy's show was much more of an attack on misogyny than an endorsement of it, that he was actually using irony as a form of self- critique and that he was aiming to put himself in the fine tradition of cutting edge comedians who exploite humour as a mirror to society's and his own preconceptions and bigotness. All that and Billy was really funny too.

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