'wales has far too few comedians per head of population than it should,' Irish comedian Ed Byrne told me last year, 'and it's such a funny accent.'
Capitalising on both those points, my current favourite stand-up, Mark Watson, has seen a gap in the market and gone for it.
He's fake Welsh.
The Bristol-born comedian has a Welsh family but his Welsh accent is utterly invented.
Born in 1980, he attended Bristol Grammar School before going to Queens' College, Cambridge, where he read English and directed a number of plays and comedy sketch shows with the illustrious Cambridge Footlights.
These days his consonants come from some familiar but unknown town between mid and South Wales and his words are delivered in a laid-back but nervous style.
Over the last two years, since picking up the Best Newcomer gong at the 2005 Perrier Awards, his star has been in the ascendancy and he has made the leap to television work with appearances on the likes of BBC2 shows Mock The Week and Armando Iannucci's awesome Time Trumpet.
But he also made a massive impression at last year's Edinburgh Fringe festival where he won the 'If.comedies Panel Prize' which is presented to a comedian who best captures the spirit of the Fringe.
Watson did it by performing a three-hour show. But that was a sideline to his actual Edinburgh show which saw him holding daily literary workshops-cum-interactive comedy shows in which he began a novel from scratch based entirely on the suggestions of his audience with 2,000 words added per day.
The novel was not finished within the month as intended but the results so far were considered too promising to abandon so the project is set to continue by an as yet undecided method now that the festival has finished.
The story so far is posted at www.myspace.com/markwatsonthecomedian
Mark Watson performs at The Glee Club on March 8. Tickets cost £7-£10 from 0870 241 5093.