STAND-UP star Mark Watson has announced details of his brand-new tour, including three Cumbrian dates in 2019.

He will bring The Infinite Show to the Brewery Arts Centre, in Kendal, on Thursday May 16, the Old Fire Station, in Carlisle, on Friday July 5, and Rosehill Theatre, in Whitehaven, on Saturday July 6.

After spending last year being cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Taskmaster and half-killed by Bear Grylls, the multi award-winning comic returns with a tour doing what he's best at: being indoors.

Inspired by the basically shocking state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, Watson’s new show is about empathy.

He 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.

Watson is one of the country’s most beloved and critically-acclaimed live comedians, and has had a long and notable 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 one of his now-legendary marathon 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, as well as winning Best Show at both Sydney and Adelaide.

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

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

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

For the past two years he’s hosted the final of the BBC New Comedy Award – one of the only comedy shows on the network to go out live.

Tickets for all three Cumbrian dates are available from the venue's box offices now.