Marcus Brigstocke at Berry Theatre, Hedge End

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Marcus Brigstocke’s latest show, The Brig Society, confirms why he is considered one of the veterans of stand-up comedy in the UK.

As the title suggests, Brigstocke examines Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempts to introduce the ‘Big Society’ since coming into power. His damning criticism of today’s political leaders had the audience in fits of laughter, broaching topics such as the corrupt banking culture, public schools and the privatisation of the railways.

The show is packed with the liberal opinions that he is famed for, through scenarios, characters and his distinctive intelligent wit.

Other topical areas humorously covered included best-seller 50 Shades of Grey and the recent Olympics in which he likened keirin cycling to following Nanny McPhee on a bike ride.

Brigstocke added a local touch in the second half by quoting from the Hampshire Chronicle leading to gags about the naked rambler from Eastleigh and the Chandler’s Ford shopper who discovered a frog in her salad. The Brig Society was an intelligent, thought-provoking and hilarious show well received by the audience.