So I’ve just been to see Marcus Brigstocke (as the title would suggest) at the Engine Shed in Lincoln. I have seen him on HIGNFY and other panel shows, but I have never had the privilege of seeing him live.
Firstly, he is the epitome of satire - similar to Ian Hislop. He mocked the Conservatives ceaselessly, and threw a few punches at poor old Nick Clegg. One attack at Labour did not equal the balance of political assault - but then again I found Brigstocke’s mockery to be comedically insulting. Was it hurtful? Not in my view. All of his material was motivated, but it did not attack anyone. Sure, he mocked Eton, bankers and such, but he also mocked Northerners (i.e. me), atheists and everyone in the room (pointing out the hypocrisy of people who attack those who mock Chinese accents but who will do a French accent themselves). His attack on hypocrisy was warming because it’s something that I’ve been saying for a long time.
So what was my view of Marcus? Excellent. He is a top-notch wit, very satirical and extremely funny. I would gladly see him again and would even like to extend an invitation to go for a coffee with him the next time he’s in Lincoln.