Latitude review: Marcus Brigstocke in the Comedy Arena

Picture by Rob Fisher/Stella Pictures. .15/07/12.Marcus Brigstocke performs at Latitude, a music and

Picture by Rob Fisher/Stella Pictures. .15/07/12.Marcus Brigstocke performs at Latitude, a music and arts festival in Suffolk. - Credit: Rob Fisher/Stella Pictures

Trouble at Ipswich train station yesterday morning led to a quick change around in the Comedy Arena in the afternoon and it was Marcus Brigstocke who rode to the rescue.

Mark Watson had been one of the acts unable to get to Latitude via train because of cancellations on the London to Norwich line, meaning festival-goers had a long wait to get to Diss rail station for transfer buses to Henham Park.

The comic said he had been asleep 25 minutes before he was told he needed to perform earlier in the day to fill in for Watson but his performance didn't show any signs of being under-prepared.

However Brigstocke didn't blame the trains but said the change was because his fellow comic Watson was 'too thin' to be out in the scorching hot summer afternoon.

Watson was far from the last to be mocked in the act though, with bankers, the European Union financial struggles and the laugh of fellow comedian Jimmy Carr, as well as his tax affairs, all coming under attack.

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The Latitude audience also didn't escape his quick wit - 'yes I like Foals, because I've got one, oh and Alt-J, Alternative J' - as he kept the big laughs coming for a packed comedy tent.

His 'cavalcade of awful accents', including Scottish, Greek and German, also kept the crowd entertained in what proved to be an excellent set.

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