Marcus Brigstocke (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Marcus Brigstocke

The comic's 2013 act is a refreshing change from previous years, even if it doesn't always work

He may have badly damaged his leg during an energetic performance right at the beginning of his Fringe run, but experienced campaigner Marcus Brigstocke throws himself fully into his hour here. This year, he has opted to change tack from his previous stage work and is offering up some anecdotes form his past rather than delivering socially-aware political stand-up. It reveals an often playful and refreshing side to Brigstocke’s act, but it doesn’t always pay off.

After some fairly dreary regional accent work (does anyone really have to still remind us that the Welsh accent can merge slowly into an Asian dialect?), the anecdotes from his earlier life are a winner, recalling his time as a temporary worker on the oil rigs of the North Sea and the short-lived career as a podium dancer at the Ministry of Sound.

Both sound as unlikely as each other, but it all leads spectacularly to the finale as he wildly recreates one of those past vocations (can you guess which one?) which led him to needing his crutches in the first place.

Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 25 Aug, 9.10pm, £13–£14 (£12–£13).

Marcus Brigstocke: Je m'accuse – I Am Marcus

  • 3 stars

Brigstocke forgoes politics to talk about himself.