Dean Watson was born in Mitcham, Victoria, the same year Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Up until he was 19, Dean wanted to be a professional golfer. But there comes a point in every aspiring comedy writer golfer’s life where they need to trade the fades for the fade ins.
After starting his TV career in 2010 as a camera operator for the Channel 31 program “With Tim Ferguson”, Dean landed writing gigs on the comedy game show 31 Questions and then on the live late night talk show “Live On Bowen.”
By 2013, he had worked his way up to head writer of “Live On Bowen”, writing and producing monologues and comedy segments.
That same year, Dean added ‘producer’ to his writing duties for his work on “31 Questions”. “Live On Bowen” and “31 Questions” ran for six and three seasons respectively. Both shows were nominated for Outstanding Comedy Program at the 2014 Antenna Awards. Dean also picked up an Outstanding Writing In A Comedy Series award at LA WebFest 2014 for his work on the web series “Get Stuffed”, a late night comedy show with puppets.
To take his career to the next level, in 2014 Dean embarked on a 6 month trip to LA to pursue late night and sitcom writing. Six months of living in a Hollywood Boulevard backpackers hostel later, he moved to New Zealand (much to the delight of his kiwi partner) and has been writing for the long running TV3 comedy shows, comedy panel show “7 Days” and late night talk show “Jono and Ben”, ever since.
Not afraid to apply his comedy to different mediums, Dean writes humorous greeting cards for UK based greeting card companies Brainbox Candy, Dean Morris Cards and Emotional Rescue. He also works with New Zealand startup LearnCOACH, which provides free online video tutorials to high school students – the most used of its kind in the entire country.
Dean is now once again living in Melbourne, Australia, where his TV production company Short Game Productions is based. He continues to write comedy for television and in all its forms for Australia, New Zealand and Margaret Thatcher’s United Kingdom.