Q&A: Marcus Brigstocke of Spamalot

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  • 14 May 2010
Q&A: Marcus Brigstocke of Spamalot

First record you ever bought
‘Green Door’ by Shakin’ Stevens.

First film you saw that really moved you
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Last lie you told
The wording of it would be ‘I’d absolutely love to but I’m busy’. The ‘I’d love to’ bit is the lie.

First movie you ever went on a date to
The Mosquito Coast.

Last time you cried
In February 2010. It was the first performance of God Collar at the Vaudeville in London, during the bit where I talk about a friend who died. It was unexpectedly emotional.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Spend time with the family, bouncing on the trampoline with the kids. Or otherwise I like boxing.

Last great meal you cooked
It’s been a while. Rabbit and pheasant casserole.

Last extravagant purchase you made
Three Paul Smith shirts yesterday.

First crush
My friend Sophie Oliver. I fancied her a lot, but not anymore.

Last book you read
Buddhism Is Not What You Think by Steve Hagen – although I haven’t finished it yet.

First great piece of advice you were given
Don’t eat the yellow snow.

Last time you were star struck
Meeting Todd Carty (my co-star in Spamalot). I grew up watching him as Tucker [in Grange Hill].

First thing you’d do if you ran the country

Last meal on earth – what would it be
A couple of dozen oysters, lobster with new potatoes and a green salad, followed by a selection of fantastic fruit and cheeses.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ by Neil Diamond.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
When I got on a ferry in France that was already pulling out of the port. I told them I was on TV and they stopped the ferry and let me on.

First time you realised you were famous
When I signed someone’s boobs at university. I wasn’t famous at the time, but she thought I was.

Last time someone criticised your work
All the time! Someone sent me some rude messages on Twitter. Rod Liddle hates me, which I’m proud of.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Workaholic, funny, posh.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
I don’t really regret impulse buys, there’s always some pleasure in them.

First concert you ever attended
David Bowie in Milton Keynes.

Last time you bought someone flowers
On March 15th this year, for my wife.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Muesli … and tea.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
The children … and tea.

Spamalot, King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Mon 14–Sat 19 Jun.

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