Meet the Murdoch Pie Tosser
'Activist comedian' Jonnie Marbles wants to cut Murdoch down to size
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 20, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
A London cop removes Jonnie Marbles from a committee hearing in parliament in London yesterday.   (AP Photo/Steve Parsons-pa)
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(Newser) – The man who nearly creamed Rupert Murdoch—and got creamed by the publisher's wife—is an "activist comedian." Stand-up comic Jonnie Marbles, née Jonathan May-Bowles, tweeted his plan to launch a shaving-foam pie into Murdoch's face yesterday as the beleaguered publisher was being grilled before a parliament committee on the News of the World phone hacking scandal. "I'm actually in this committee," Marbles tweeted. Then: "It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat."

But Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng leaped to her husband's defense and smacked Marbles just as he hoisted his pie. The hearing was temporarily adjourned and Marbles was busted. Activist network UK Uncut distanced its members from the incident, calling it a "lone-wolf, solitary action," but Marbles was one of the founders of the group, reports the Guardian. "He is affable, but very politically minded," said a pal. "He has been a standup comedian for some time, which would explain the pie. I remember one time he talked about Murdoch. He said it was a terrible thing for democracy that one man should hold so much sway."