- 15 Aug, 9:30pm
- 22 Aug, 9:30pm
Host of Live at the Apollo and star of BBC Radio 4, the great Hal is back ranting about the real evils of the modern world - oversharing on social media and the 5:2 diet. The more he complains the funnier he gets. Book early. As seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Would I Lie To You?, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, Live at the Palladium and Have I Got News for You. 'An absolute joy to watch' **** (Scotsman). 'Hugely talented' **** (Times).
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In Straight Out Of Cruttenden Hal rants about the real evils of the modern world - over sharing on social media and the 5:2 diet. The hungrier he gets the funnier he becomes. Hal also gives us his unique insights on being an orphan on Facebook, taking his wife to Saudi Arabia and how he fell out with George Osbourne at school (or Gideon as he was then) and personally blames him every time he puts up the price of petrol.
Hal is one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer and actor. He is due to appear on the new BBC 1 series The John Bishop Show and has two shows in development - one with Tiger Aspect and a second with ITV. Hal has also just recorded a pilot with Sue Perkins called Insert Name Here that also featured Richard Osman and Rachel Riley. He has had two Radio 4 series in the past year and a third is in the pipeline.
Over the last year he's made his second appearance on The Royal Variety Performance, hosted 'Live at the Apollo and was the guest comic in the final of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice. He has also appeared on Would I Lie To You?, Have I Got News For You, Sunday Night at the Palladium, Mock The Week, Pointless Celebrities, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and wrote and performed in his own Radio 4[/z sitcom Hal. PHEW that's one hell of a year! Previously he has been nominated for the The Edinburgh Comedy and the Chortle Awards and his recent tour, Tough Luvvie, finished in February 2015 after 170 dates and selling over 40,000 tickets!
After a degree in politics at York Hal went on to train as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His TV and film credits include Shackleton, The Madness of King George and EastEnders. Theatre includes Making News at The Pleasance and Orwell A Celebration Assembly Edinburgh and Trafalgar Studios London.
Internationally, Hal's travelled across Canada on the Just For Laughs Comedy tours, including two Just For Laughs Galas in Montreal hosted by Joan Rivers and Howie Mandel. He has also performed shows at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival. Other international comedy tours include India, Bermuda, Germany, Norway, Dubai, Jakarta, Bali, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and The Falklands.
Lastly and most importantly some Hal facts:
1. He is deceptively good at table tennis
2. His Mum has trained Oscar nominated make up artists and did so for decades.
3. His father was a highly successful advertising executive and was responsible for selling Scottish whisky!
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