2019 Host – Marcus Brigstocke

Marcus began his comedy career at Bristol University, studying drama and won the BBC New Comedian of the Year in 1996. He has since emerged as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, regularly appearing live and on TV, film and radi

The Edinburgh festival has delivered a great deal of critical acclaim for Marcus over the years. His 2006 sell out national tour went on to become the top selling DVD ‘Planet Corduroy’. In 2005 he featured in BBC 4’s The Late Edition and his TV appearances include ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Have I Got News For You’ as both host and panelist ,’The A-Z of Music’, ‘News-Knight’ with Sir Trevor McDonald, ‘QI’, ‘Would I Lie to You?’, ‘Question Time’, ‘Marcus Brigstocke’s Trophy People’, ‘Saturday Night Live …Again’, and ‘Argumental’.

His acting work includes playing the lead character Adam Savage in Simon Nye’s BBC 1 sitcom ‘The Savages’, and another leading role in BBC3’s ‘Vacant Possession’, (Twisted Tales). Not to mention the brilliant self-promoting TV Historian David Oxley (BA Hons) in ‘We Are History’, a cult success that bought him to the attention of many an adoring fan and almost as many dismayed archaeologists.

Radio 4 has become a second home for Marcus. He is the regular angry young man on the Sony Award winning ‘Now Show’ with Punt and Dennis. He has written and recorded many series and ‘specials’ of ‘Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off’ with new Wemmbley-Hogg adventures on the way in 2009.

He created three series of ‘The Museum Of Everything’. He played the head of consultancy firm – Unthinkable Solutions as Ryan Packer in ‘Think The Unthinkable’. Other recordings include ‘Just a Minute’, ‘Newsquiz’, The Today Program, ‘The Unbelievable Truth’, ‘2000 years of Radio’, ‘A funny thing happened on the way to the dispatch box’ and the wonderfully silly ’99p Challenge’.

On the big screen he has appeared in ‘Love Actually’.  He went to Berlin with Kevin Spacey to film ‘Beyond The Sea’ – the life story of Bobby Darin. He appeared in ‘Piccadilly Jim’  with Sam Rockwell and Tom Wilkinson; with Nick Moran in ‘Telstar’ and played a desperately ambitious yet woefully inept arts presenter in Neil Gaiman’s ‘A Short Film About John Bolton’.

A master of satirical comedy, Marcus is blisteringly funny over a wide range of topics including; Climate Change, Religious Extremism, Immigration, Loans Companies, The Special Relationship, Compensation Culture, Women’s Magazines, The EU and David Blaine, not to mention his own personal battle against his middle class roots.