Jean Gracieux (1575–1634), known as (Nicolas) Deslauriers in comedy and Bruscambille in farce, was a comedian at the Hôtel de Bourgogne theatre in Paris during the early 17th century. He may have given his name to the historical French card game of Brusquembille whose rules are known from the early 18th century.
In his facetious prologue, Bruscambille, never fails to do it again: the public at the Hôtel de Bourgogne anticipate the appearance of the comedian with farce that [...] delicately opens the mouth as wide as the entrance to a banal oven.
His works include:
- Prologues tant sérieux que facétieux (1610) ;
- Fantaisies (1612) ;
- Nouvelles et Plaisantes Imaginations (1613) ;
- Facétieuses Paradoxes (1615) ;
- Bigarures sentencieuses (1622) ;
- Bons Mots.
These various pieces were compiled in the "Œuvres de Bruscambille" edited in Paris by David Gilles in 1619.
He was noted for saying "Baste! Comedy is a life without worries and sometimes without six sous."
- Gilles, Davie (1619). Œuvres de Bruscambille. Paris.
- Howe, Alan (1986). Bruscambille, qui était-il?. pp. 390–396.
- Mazouer, Charles (2006). Le théâtre français de l'âge classique. 1. Paris: Champion.
- Parlett, David (1991). A History of Card Games. Oxford: OUP.