Marcus Brigstocke began his comedy career at Bristol University, studying Drama and won the BBC New Comedian of the year in 1996. He has since emerged as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, regularly appearing live and on TV, film and Radio.
TV appearances also include 'Live from the Apollo', 'Have I Got News For You' as both host and panelist on several occasions, 'The A-Z of Music', 'News-Knight' with Sir Trevor McDonald, 'QI', 'Would I Lie to You?', 'Question Time', 'Marcus Brigstocke's Trophy People', 'Saturday Night Live ...Again', and 'Argumental'.
In 2006 Marcus spent time in France for 'Excuse My French' in which he had 4 weeks to learn the language, almost from scratch, then perform stand up in French to audiences in Marseille and Paris.
Marcus Brigstocke's acting work includes playing the lead character Adam Savage in Simon Nye's BBC1 sitcom 'The Savages', and another leading role in BBC3's 'Vacant Possession', (Twisted Tales). Not to mention the brilliant self-promoting TV Historian David Oxley (BA Hons) in 'We Are History', a cult success that bought him to the attention of many an adoring fan and almost as many dismayed archaeologists.
Radio 4 has become a second home for Marcus where he appears more regularly than the shipping forecast. Recordings include 'Just a Minute', 'Newsquiz', ‘The Today Program', 'The Unbelievable Truth', '2000 years of Radio', 'A funny thing happened on the way to the dispatch box', 'Now Show' with Punt and Dennis and the wonderfully silly '99p Challenge'.
On the big screen he has appeared in Richard Curtis' movie 'Love Actually' as a Radio DJ interviewing the hilariously jaded Billy Mack (Bill Nighy). He went to Berlin with Kevin Spacey to film 'Beyond The Sea' - the life story of Bobby Darin. In ‘Piccadilly Jim' Marcus appears with Sam Rockwell and Tom Wilkinson as 'man having sex under stairs', a small but vital role!
In 2007 and 2008 Marcus Brigstocke travelled to the Arctic with Cape Farewell to see for himself the effects of climate change, working with a team of scientists to discover the pace of change and discuss the impacts of Global Warming and how to lessen them. The first voyage sailed 1300 miles from Norway along the 78th parallel to the East coast of Greenland and was terrifying, particularly when he found himself in the water with Polar Bear. The 2008 voyage was a journey up the East coast, researching, exploring and spending time getting to know the Inuit people of Greenland. This second trip was easier on a larger Russian research vessel with a 30 strong group of scientists, thinkers, activists, artists and musicians including KT Tunstal, Jarvis Cocker and Martha Wainwright.
Marcus is committed to non-violence and is an active campaigner for environmental awareness and action as well as his ongoing involvement with Cape Farewell, War on Want and the 'Campaign Against Arms Trade'.
Marcus Brigstocke is the master of satirical comedy and has proved to be blisteringly funny over a wide range of topics including; Climate Change, Religious Extremism, ‘The Big Society', Immigration, Loans Companies, The Special Relationship, The Banking Crisis & Recession, Compensation Culture, Women's Magazines, The EU and David Blaine, not to mention his own personal battle against his middle class roots.
Just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks. Marcus Brigstocke went down a treat with our guests, and we had a lot of positive feedback on the night. I think he struck a good balance between the straight compering side of things, and the comedy side. He did a great job!
We LOVED Marcus Brigstocke - what a lovely guy! It was a treat to meet him and we had great feedback from everyone - he was spot on and very funny. Thank you so much for all your help and patience Neil - very much appreciated.
Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it!
Just want to say thanks very much for arranging Marcus Brigstocke's visit yesterday. It was an overwhelming success and he was incredibly nice, funny and engaging, and even stayed on past the allotted time to talk to people so all in all very pleased.
Marcus Brigstocke is one of the cleverest and most engaging stand-ups you'll see!
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