Marcus Brigstocke has emerged as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing in the UK and beyond. He has become a regular voice on BBC Radio with an impressive list of TV and film credits.
Marcus started his comedy career at Bristol University where, alongside others he performed stand up and character shows. He soon went on to win the BBC New Comedian of 1996 and became a top name on the UK comedy club circuit. His television credits are numerous including hosting the show and as a guest on ‘Have I Got News For You’ appearing on the now famous show with Bruce Forsyth and another with Roger Moore. Other programmes include ‘Live at the Apollo’ ‘Michael McIntyre Roadshow’ ‘‘The Hole in the Wall Gang’, ‘The BBC Stand up Show’, and ‘The World Stands Up’ on Paramount and Comedy Central. In character as Giles Wemmbley-Hogg on ‘Edinburgh Nights’ and ‘The 11 O’Clock Show’. A Co-host of the ‘Q Awards’ with Davina McCall, a sketch writer and performer on Channel 4’s ‘Barking’, the ‘A-Z of Music’, ‘The Apocalypse Tube’, ‘Room 101’, ‘The Graham Norton show’ ‘QI’ and Jack Dee’s Live at the Apollo series. The huge cult success of ‘We Are History’ (BBC 2001) bought him to the attention of many an adoring fan and the odd angry archaeologist. In the spring of 2001 he played the lead role (Adam Savage) in Simon Nye’s BBC 1 sitcom – ‘The Savages’ alongside Geoffrey Palmer. He went on to star in his own late night satirical comedy show ‘The Late Edition’ (BBC Four 2003-2008). A show Marcus was particularly proud of and has ambitions to do similar again. In September 2008, Marcus was team captain for a new TV comedy panel debating show, ‘Argumental’ (2008-2011) for UK TV channel Dave. In the show, he competed against Rufus Hound with a variety of guest participants, under the chairmanship of John Sergeant. At the end of 2007 saw Marcus’s first DVD ‘Planet Corduroy’ produced in association with Comicus Ltd and receiving immediate critical praise. ‘The funniest man alive’ – Mail
In April 2008 he and fellow comedian and snowboarder, Andrew Maxwell founded the Altitude Festival – a comedy and music festival in the ski resort of Meribel, in the French Alps. Since then the festival has grown with many big name comedians attending and highlights are now shown on TV (ITV March 2013)
Marcus has appeared at many sell out Edinburgh fringe festival shows including his famous ‘The Early Edition’ show which has toured in its own right around the UK and become a humorous vehicle at several corporate conferences. He made his musical theatre debut as King Arthur in the UK tour of Monty Pythons – ‘Spamalot’ (2010-12) and went on to star in ‘The Railway Children’ as Albert Perks at the Waterloo Station Theatre. He continues to tour the country in his own stand up show and published a book ‘God Collar’ (2011) giving his comedic view on religion. His tours enjoy many sell out theatre dates including his latest ‘The Brigstocke Society’ (also the title of his radio show). Radio 4 has become a second home for Marcus as he is rarely off the 6.30 slot in one form or another. He is a regular on the topical ‘Now Show’ with Punt and Dennis and also on ‘Just a Minute’. Other radio credits include ‘Think The Unthinkable’, ‘The News Quiz’, ‘The Motion Show’, ‘Beat The Kids’ and the wonderfully silly ‘99p Challenge’. His most proud radio creation however, is the highly acclaimed ‘Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off’ (2003 – 2011 7 series). Available on BBC CD). He also hosted the radio version of ‘I’ve Never Seen Star Wars’ (BBC 2008) which subsequently transferred to TV. His ability for satirical wit and humour is shown in his own BBC radio series ‘The Brigstocke Society’ (2013).
The big screen beckons too, with Marcus appearing in a modest role in Richard Curtis’ movie ‘Love Actually’. He filmed with Kevin Spacey for ‘Beyond The Sea’ – the life story of Bobby Darin. He also appears in ‘A Short Film About John Bolton’ for Ska Films.
He is always in high demand by top corporate clients for after dinner cabaret and awards presentation. He has recently hosted and performed for; IRM Awards, RICS, The Interiors Event, Santander, JP Morgan, Schroders, PriceWaterhouse, The Gift Awards, The Tax Awards, IofM Newspaper Awards, Excellence Awards, ACE Awards, Starpack Awards and many, many others.
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