Marcus Brigstocke, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury - review
He is a well known comedian regularly appearing on Have I Got News for You and Live at the Apollo.
So when the promotional poster for Marcus Brigstocke’s new tour ‘Devil May Care’ was released, it was a bit of a shock to see him dressed as a devil.
He is usually the witty, snappy comedian who dresses in a smart/casual suit like most comedians seamlessly making the audience laugh for an hour.The second part he definitely produced, but hundreds of others at Theatre Severn on Sunday evening didn’t expect him to come out dressed as the devil. At first the crowd had doubts, as did the comedian himself - as he referenced more than once.
But the hour that followed his dramatic devil like entrance, showed why he is one of the most underrated comedians on the circuit. The not as well-known Rob Rouse warmed up the crowd, before Brigstocke took to the stage claiming to be Lucifer from hell, and insisted he had replaced Brigstocke. He went on to tell a story of how hell was full, due to people doing stupid things that are wrong with modern society.
They ranged from not picking up dog mess to making cakes without traditional cake ingredients.
He then went on to list things that are wrong in the modern era, and how the internet has changed things for the worse. He even managed to make the subject of Brexit sound funny and interesting, while at the same time taking shots at the Tories and Labour.
Throughout the show there were times where some of the audience weren’t sure about this new act, and you could even sense maybe the comedian himself wasn’t sure. But it certainly worked for large parts.
A nice touch was that he came back out as the normal Marcus Brigstocke, and praised people for attending and keeping their local theatre open.
Some people on his tour won’t be sure about his new act, but the majority at Theatre Severn were.