Dean Watson has been a comedy writer for the past 8 years, full time for the last 3. This usually sees him writing topical one-liners for New Zealand’s highest rating TV comedy show “7 Days”.
Up until he was 20, Dean dabbled in cheese making and wanted to be a professional golfer. But there comes a point in every aspiring comedy writer golfer cheese maker’s life where they need to trade the fades and the cheese wheels for the fade ins and the gag reels.
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 6 and 3 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 & Ben”, ever since.
Not afraid to apply his comedy and leadership skills to different mediums, since 2015 Dean has been one of the core team members of New Zealand’s biggest education company, LearnCoach.
He’s sold jokes in the UK, the US, has enjoyed stints as a humour columnist in nationally syndicated newspapers and writes humorous greeting cards for various companies around the world.
Dean is now once again living in Melbourne, Australia, where his TV production company Short Game Productions is based.
Some other hot dates:
– 2016 & 2017 – Winner of the top overall spec writer award on “7 Days”.
– 2017 – Created the NCEA Comedy Writing Competition, a one-liner comedy writing competition that is now the most popular writing competition for high school students in New Zealand.
– 2018 – Founded the Comedy Writers Association of Australia. If you’re a comedy writer working in the Australian industry, join here!