“I know what I want to say – the trick is how best to say it.” Idle chit-chat with Marcus Brigstocke

What have you been up to today?

Considering how Lucifer can best explain how Hell has come to be so full that it’s overspilling evil into the world and what he proposes to do about it…That and helping my daughter tidy her room.

And where are you right now?

On the Victoria line. It’s hot.

So everyone knows you, but what’s the one thing I don’t know about you?

I listen to jazz for at least an hour a day. I’m very into Lee Morgan at the moment.

Describe your comedy style.

Funny (I mean I really do think it is. People laugh so that’s nice but I say things that I find funny). Sincere – sometimes too much so.

Tell us about your show for the Fringe, ‘Devil May Care’, in two sentences?

Lucifer does stand up. He’s proud of his work and has a gentle admiration for mankind.

And how are the work in progress shows going?

There’s always room for progress. It’s fun trying stuff out like this but it’s progress and development I’m looking for. I know what I want to say – the trick is how best to say it.

How many times have you been to the Fringe, and what’s your best memory?

Almost every year for 21 years. Best memory? There are lots – but launching waterbombs from a slingshot from two streets away from the Pleasance Courtyard while a pal gave ordinance advice was pretty good.

You’ve done plenty of TV, but what’s the TV show you’d love to do?

A UK version of The Daily Show. With or without me in it – this country could do with one. I enjoyed making ‘Sorry I’ve Got No Head’ – more of those would be nice.

You’re a regular on the radio as well, what’s the key difference between TV comedy and radio comedy?

The pictures are better on radio. With care and preparation you can take the audience anywhere. Radio is faster – more reactive. Usually more fun.

Ron Swanson. What is it that makes him so awesome?

His love of breakfast foods.

Your Twitter feed includes a bit of the old politics. Do you feel you’ve a duty to do more than just be funny?

Yes. But only because that’s a large part of what interests me anyway. If I’m not interested in it I don’t talk about it.

What would you say to the gobshites that say you should shut up and get on with acting/being funny?

I’d say… nope. Nothing.

You were on the stage last year, what’s the toughest thing about acting compared to stand-up?

There’s more chance (not always) that a mistake will let other people down when you’re acting.

And why the return to stand-up this year?

It’s what I do. I like mixing it up – but I’m a comedian first.

What other comedian is worth checking out?

William Andrews. Pippa Evans. Paul Foxcroft. Rachel Parris. ‘There Will Be Cake’ (improv show with Paul Foxcroft, Pippa Evans & Rachel Parris.)

What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?

Why on earth did you do those adverts?! Answer – for the money (plus they were fun to make).

Finally, how do you take your coffee?


You can catch Marcus at the Fringe every day (except 13th August) at the Pleasance Courtyard at various times. Tickets are available now.

To find out more about the man you can visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

Max Mazonowicz

Updated: Jul 30, 2018

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