Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gags from a Clever Geek; London's Biggest and Best Newspaper Guide to Staying in . . . or Going outIN& OUT TONIGHT

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gags from a Clever Geek; London's Biggest and Best Newspaper Guide to Staying in . . . or Going outIN& OUT TONIGHT

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Byline: DAVID BALDWIN

MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE

IF YOU'RE a stand-up comedian, being described as thoughtful sounds like you're being damned with faint praise. Not so with Marcus Brigstocke.

A far cry from the brash and explicit comics who litter the UK's comedy circuit, Brigstocke is a lot more entertaining than glib labels like "liberal-leaning gagsmith" suggest - there's a lot of bite behind this man's braininess.

Deciding to go into comedy after he failed to get into drama school, Brigstocke has taken a tricky path through the ranks of live stand-up.

Rather than try to shock audiences, he's taken a slower approach, quietly building a reputation as a fine comic with a knack of mocking both his own middleclass persona and the many troubles of the world around him. Naturally, that kind of CV attracted the attention of Radio 4, a station perfectly suited to his geeky image.

Graduating to BBC4 with the satirical news show Late Edition, he has mostly managed to keep on the right track with his TV projects. …

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