After an 11-night sold out residency at London’s Soho Theatre earlier this year, one of Britain’s finest comedians and broadcasters, Marcus Brigstocke, is taking his hit Edinburgh Fringe show, Je m’accuse – I am Marcus on tour around the UK this autumn and will be at Lincoln Drill Hall on Sunday, 5th October.
Over the years, Marcus has been a podium dancer, oil rig worker and chief beverages operator at the Little Chef.
And yet, there is no doubt that Marcus’s all-time favourite job is stand-up comedian
And for this show he simply says, “screw politics, let’s talk about me.”
The award-winning comedian runs through his absorbing life-story which has included periods as, in his own words, a food addict, musical theatre enthusiast, posh, eco-hypocritic, Goth and Muppets fan.
Marcus, who has made Radio 4 his second home, with regular appearances on programmes such as The Now Show and Just a Minute, as well as TV sloots on programmes like QI and Have I Got News For You, has a devoted nationwide following. He can’t wait to hit the road and reacquaint himself with his legions of loyal fans across the country.
The comedian, who earlier this year made a huge impact on The Jump, Channel 4’s winter sports entertainment show, begins by underscoring that nothing beats the sheer thrill of stand-up.
“Oh man,” he exclaimed.
“It’s the best artistic transaction you can make.”
“I remember the very first time I ever did stand-up.”
“I entered an open mic comedy competition for Kiss FM at a club in Holborn in London.”
“It was absolutely terrifying.”
“The first four minutes went very badly, but the last three minutes went very well.”
“I came second in the competition and thought, ‘that’ll do.’
“I still remember thinking, as I put the mic back on its stand, ‘holy cow, if I can do this for the rest of my life, I’ll be very happy, this is the thing I want to do now’. “
“I still feel that.”
Marcus, who has also starred in such TV shows as Argumental (on which he was a team captain), The Late Edition and I’ve Never Seen Star Wars, continued: “The first time you do a show and it hits the mark, I can’t tell you how great that feels.”
“If you do something that makes someone else laugh, that’s such a good feeling – second only to someone else making you laugh. It’s such a beautiful arrangement.”
“I like the fact that the deal is so straightforward. If you’re not laughing, I’m not doing my job.”
“I’ll say something funny, you’ll laugh, and everybody’s happy.”
“I saw the brilliant Bill Bailey perform earlier this year. I was so inspired. It’s fantastic to see a comedian nailing it like that.”
“There aren’t really words to describe how wonderful that is. Stand-up still makes me really happy. I love it. It’s great.”
Marcus, who recently earned rave reviews for his performance as King Arthus in Spamalot in the West End, admits that with the new show he has had to manage some fans’ expectations.
“Certain people come expecting the latest, teeth-gnashing bile about UKIP,” he said,
“But very quickly I say, ‘We’re going another way this time’.”
The second half of Je m’accuse - I am Marcus recounts how, as a 17-year-old, he made an astonishing recovery from addictions to food, drink and drugs.
It is a bravura piece of stand-up that climaxes in a stunning coup de theatre.
He insists every story in Je m’accuse is 100 per cent true.
“But also admits he was nervous about being able to pull off the show as it is.
But in the event, his fans have lapped it up.
“It’s very silly,” he concludes, “but it puts a big smile on my face.”
His Lincoln show starts at 8.30pm.
Tickets priced £15 are available from the box office on 01522 873894 or online at www.lincolndrillhall.com