Marcus Brigstocke is a British comedian
and satirist who has worked extensively in stand-up
comedy, television and radio. He is particularly associated
with the 6:30 comedy slot on BBC Radio 4, having frequently
appeared on several of its shows concurrently.
Many of the central themes of Brigstocke's work (essentially
the hypocrisy of the affluent) were first addressed
during his time as a student at the University of Bristol,
an institution renowned for its perceived social elitism,
against which Bridgstocke has continually rebelled.
Very few of the conventions and institutions of the
bourgeoisie have escaped his ire, be it the middle-class
obsession with heritage (The Museum of Everything),
the turpitudes of contemporary business culture (Think
the Unthinkable), or English provincial parochialism
(Giles Wembley-Hogg Goes Off).
Although he retains a cult following, he is increasingly
enjoying mainstream success, recently having appeared
on such broadly popular shows such as Have I Got News
One of his best-known jokes is "If Pacman had
affected us as kids we'd be running around in dark
rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music." This
is also a good example of the sort of one-liners Brigstocke
usually comes up with, though it is unfortunately often
attributed to a Nintendo employee.