Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 07/19/2011

Jonnie Marbles: The comedian and activist who threw shaving cream at Rupert Murdoch

Jonnie Marbles is led from Portcullis House in London following an incident as Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch gave evidence before a House of Commons Committee on the News of the World phone hacking scandal. (Steve Parsons - AP)
Just as Rupert Murdoch’s responses at Tuesday’s parliamentary committee hearing about the News Corp. phone hacking scandal were starting to get interesting, a man calmly approached Murdoch and slapped a plate of shaving cream in his face, shouting “You are a greedy billionaire!”

Within seconds, Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, promptly swung at the man and the video feed of the hearing was cut off.

Before long, the hearing resumed (along with the video) but everyone asked: Who had thrown the plate?

It’s been confirmed that the attacker was Jonnie Marbles, a comedian who tweeted shortly before the incident: “It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat.”

Marbles has had a number of stand up comedy gigs in the U.K. during the past year. But Marbles’ blog and online bios show he’s more of an activist than comedian.

His bio on Twitvid, a Twitter video sharing service that Marbles has used to share videos of protests in the U.K., reads: “Activist, comedian, father figure and all-round nonsense. Tweeting in an impersonal capacity.”

Marbles’s blog, “Anarch*ish*” has the tag­line “Because the state’s not gonna smash itself.”

On the blog, Marbles writes that the conservative agenda “must be stopped,” describes in detail a game favored by anarchists called “Kettling,” and devotes many words to what he calls the “lies” of the British prime minister.

More recently, Marbles seemed taken by the News of the World scandal and had been tweeting about the hearing all day Tuesday:

I'm actually in this committee and can confirm: Murdoch is Mr. Burns.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

It might be quicker if Baby Murdoch simply listed all of the things that he does know #hackgateless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

Watch video of the shaving cream smashing below:

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