Marcus Brigstocke gets his own Radio 4 series
Marcus Brigstocke has been given his own Radio 4 series.
The comedian will record episodes of The Brig Society in front of a live studio audience this May and June.
The series, which shares the same title as Brigstocke's UK tour, will see the comedian mixing stand-up and sketches with the aim of "restructuring every aspect of life in Britain today through the medium of jokes."
The BBC say: "Uh oh - Marcus has been put in charge... of a thing! Each week, it turns out that Marcus is now in charge of a big old thing - a hospital, the railways, British Fashion, the UK Space Programme - and through the medium of stand-up, sketches and not interpretative dance, he starts out by thinking 'Well, it can't be that difficult, surely?' and ends up with 'Oh - it's utterly difficult and I've made a complete fist of it...'"
The Brig Society is being produced for Radio 4 by Pozzitive Productions, the company that also makes Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation and Cabin Pressure for the station.
Since 2002, Pozzitive have worked with Brigstocke to make Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off, a sitcom in which he plays a middle-class student 'ponce' who travels the world. The show has so far run for five series, with another expected to be made at a future date.
Talking about their new collaboration on The Brig Society, the production company says: "If you like Marcus in The Now Show, if you liked the sketches in Museum Of Everything, if you liked the jokes in Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off - dammit, if you liked the sound effects in Cabin Pressure, then this is the show for you."
The Brig Society will be recorded for Radio 4 at The RADA Studios in London. To apply to be in the audience see our free tickets page
In the meantime Brigstocke continues his live tour, with dates later this month in locations including Bristol, Epsom and Southend. To find out more about Brigstocke and see all the dates visit his website, www.marcusbrigstocke.com
Below is a video of Brigstocke joking about train travel on Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live last year:
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