Marcus Brigstocke comes to the De La Warr Pavilion on Friday 9 Nov 2012. In the run up to his show we decided to interview Marcus via social media site Twitter.
De La Warr Pavilion (Dlwp): Good Afternoon @marcusbrig! How are you today?
Marcus Brigstocke (MB): Very well and more than a little relieved… No Mitt. Phew. Hi by the way. How are you?
Dlwp: Good thank you. Talking of politics, your new show has been on tour a while now. How is it going?
MB: We’re gonna change the world… One silly policy at a time.
Dlwp: Has there been any truly memorable moments of the tour so far?
MB: A lady last week (71) was made minister for the elderly. I said what policies would you like? ‘Raise the age of consent to 47’ I said why? She said – “I just want to improve my odds.” Memorable moments – a softly spoken GP (late 50s) said from a medical perspective shed like to sever Andrew Landsleys head with a biro.
Dlwp: It seems the audience is key to your show? What sort of thing can they expect?
MB: Comedy… Mostly. Some light indoctrination and mild violence. They should leave having laughed a lot but with the just fire of rebellion smouldering in their bellies. (Extinguish with wine).
Dlwp: For those who might not understand, what exactly is ‘The Brig Society’?
MB: Brig Society is a stand up show where We take the government at their word and actually run more of own shit. It scares them. The Big Society is thin veneer painted over a load of ideologically driven cuts aimed at the poor They dont expect us to really do it.
Dlwp: How did the idea come about?
MB: I hadn’t written a new show since the coalition began – so it was either do a tour or explode. I’ve been writing the show for the last year… Maybe longer actually. It was time. And it feels good.
Dlwp: If given the chance do you think you would make a great Prime Minister?
MB: Oh NO! I’d be terrible. The LAST thing the UK needs is another nobby over privileged, entitled, privately educated posh boy in power. No – I’ll stick to the jokes thanks. Westminster has more than enough of my sort.
Dlwp: Apart from our own government, what other areas can we expect you to delve into in the show?
MB: The Olympics! We didn’t bugger it up! We did it really well. Really really well. Not even Boris ruined it. It was a shame no one realised when he was dangling over that park – that he was a lovely celebratory piñata. I also discuss the delightful flame haired hate crime that is Rebecca Brooks… A bit of science and religion… You know – all the usual hilarious comedy topics.
Dlwp: We have already established the audience will play a large part in the show, but what can expect to be doing?
MB: Oh nothing much other than laughing… And if they wish suggesting policies to improve the world… Oh and lending me money. The money bit is pretty important. I’m afraid bankers take a bit if a kicking in the show… Shame that. Eh?
Dlwp: Alot of people will know you from TV, are you different live? Are you pretty much what you see is what you get?
MB: Pretty much. It depends why they’ve seen. I’ve played a singing King Arthur and dressed as an elderly woman on tv. So not that. I rant a bit. I’m pretty passionate & essentially I only tackle subject I care about. I care about politics an silliness. They overlap. I’m about to interview Dame Evelyn Glennie (percussionist from Olympic Opening Ceremony) for I’ve Never Seen Star Wars on Radio 4.
Dlwp: So to sum up, what’s Marcus Brigstocke and the Brig Society and why should people come see it?
MB: Brig Society is a riotous, silly & funny show and people should come and see it only if they like that sort of thing. If not its cack. Gotta go – its been lovely. Thanks and see you soon. M x
Dlwp: Thanks for talking to us Marcus. See you Friday!
MB: Oh – and I you don’t come and see it I’ll run for PM. You’ve been warned.