Who the heck is Marcus Brigstocke?


  1. #1 Matt Penfold
    July 31, 2007

    Marcus is a comic who does a lot of work for BBC Radio 4. The clip you provided is from a program called The Now Show which goes out on Radio 4 at 6:30pm on Fridays, repeated 12:00 noon Saturdays. Marcus is not the main presenter on that show but normally has a five minute slot, as well as contributing to the rest of the show when required. If you want to hear the whole thing you can via the “listen again” option on the BBC website. I can recommend it.

    He comedy routines are not always as anti-theist as that one, but he has done routines talking about Dawkins (supportive) and the religious right (dismissive).

    He is a talented chap.

  2. #2 cm
    July 31, 2007

    In the interst of another opinion: not brilliant, not hilarious. I’d say just hovering right under passable.

    Also, sounds like he read The God Delusion and The End of Faith over the summer and worked chapters from both of them into this monologue (moderates from Harris; labeling kids as Christian from Dawkins).

  3. #3 Brownian
    August 1, 2007

    Uriel, I was just gonna tell them that, honest!

    Just kidding. But you’re right, darn it.

  4. #4 Mark N
    August 1, 2007

    The two recent religion-based monologues are available at – it’s a slow search, but luckily the embedded audio is fast enough (assuming you can play quicktime!)

    As an aside, I recommend generally – has a lot of atheist/liberal multimedia on it.

    I was lucky enough to go and see Marcus play in London a few months ago – he did a bit on religion, and was asked about his views on Dawkins, who he felt to be a little too extreme – I think he may even have used the ‘fundamentalist atheist’ fallacy. While it’s self-evident he’s anti-religion, he’s still hesitant about some aspects. That said, given what he said over the last couple of weeks, he may be a little more convinced than he was!

  5. #5 Brownian
    August 1, 2007

    Well, do you care what happens north of the border?

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