"Marcus is a natural crowd pleaser and managed his audience perfectly."
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Marcus Brigstocke is a major British comedy talent as writer, presenter and performer. Allegedly, he is heard on Radio 4 more frequently than the shipping forecast.
On television Marcus launched The Late Edition, the late night BBC4 answer to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has hosted and appeared as a panellist on Have I Got News For You, and played King Stupid in Stupid on CBBC. He also took the lead in We Are History, which brought him to the attention of the odd exciteable archaeologist. He then stretched himself even further, joining Esther Rantzen and Ron Atkinson in Excuse My French. He is the host of I've Never Seen Star Wars on both radio and TV, a team captain on Argumental, a regular on panel shows like QI, and even crops up on Question Time and This Week.
On Radio 4 he is the angry youngish man on The Now Show, with Punt and Dennis. He has written and performed several series of Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off and The Museum Of Everything. He also plays Packer, Head of Unthinkable Solutions in Think the Unthinkable. Other credits include Just a Minute and The News Quiz.
On the big screen Marcus has appeared in Love Actually, Telstar: The Joe Meek Story, Piccadilly Jim, and Beyond The Sea - with Kevin Spacey. He has also enjoyed a No.11 chart 'hit' as the voice on DJ Dee-Kline's Don't Smoke Da Reefa - a logical progression from his very brief early career as a podium dancer.
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GETTING THE BEST OUT OF... CABARET
Unlike comedy club or theatre crowds, event audiences have not paid specifically to see your cabaret artist - or any other kind of live performance. Other things will be vying for their attention, the house lights will have to remain up, and a third of the guests will probably start off with their backs to the stage. Live comedy can engage and unify audiences more than any other form of entertainment, but for maximum effect it helps to follow some basic rules.
The audience must be able to see and hear the artist. If possible avoid towering table centres and an acre of dancefloor between stage and audience. When the artist arrives, usually no more than an hour before going onstage, brief him/her on the day's events and any sensitivities about the host organisation, sponsors or guests. Try to keep to the timetable, allow the audience to have a 'comfort break' before the show, ensure that waiters have cleared the room, agree how the artist should be introduced - and then leave it to him.