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Hal Cruttenden

Hal CruttendenHal Cruttenden is one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer and actor. Recent television appearances include ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ (BBC1), ‘The Royal Variety Performance 2009 (ITV),‘Comedy Rocks’ (ITV) and ‘The Rob Brydon Show’ (BBC2) for which he also worked as a writer. He has just completed ‘The Tiny Rage Tour 2011’, his second nationwide tour following last year’s tour of ‘Lively’. 2011 also saw him tour to Canada with Just For Laughs and India with the Comedy Store. Hal Cruttenden is a regular at all the top UK comedy clubs and has supported Stephen Merchant, Rob Brydon, Sean Lock, Ardal O’Hanlon and Omid Djalili on their  nationwide tours.

Other television appearances as a comic include ‘The Omid Djalili Show’ (BBC1), for which he wrote numerous sketches; ‘The 11 O’Clock Show’ (Channel 4); ‘Tonight’ (ITV); ‘BBC Breakfast’ (BBC1); ‘Just For Laughs Gala’ (CBC Canada); ‘George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight’ (CBC Canada); ‘Brain Candy’ (BBC3); ‘Live at Jongleurs’ (UK Gold/Paramount); ‘The Comedy Store’ (Paramount), ‘Comedy Central at the Comedy Store’ (Comedy Central); ‘The World Stands Up’ (Paramount Comedy Channel UK, The Comedy Channel Australia, and Comedy Central and BBC America in the U.S); ‘The Warehouse’ (Carlton TV); ‘Carlton Comedy Warehouse’ (Carlton/STV); ‘Most Annoying Couples’ (BBC); ‘The Deputy Prime Minister’ (BBC2); ‘Hoot’ (Bravo); ‘Net.Comedy’ (Action Time); ‘Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards’ (Channel 5) and ‘House of Fun’ (Meridien).

As a television warm up, Hal Cruttenden has worked for ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, ‘Alan Carr’s Chattyman’ and ‘The Rob Brydon Show’ in addition to hosting recordings of ‘The World Stands Up’ at The Clapham Grand.’

Radio work includes various Radio 5 Live appearances with Richard Bacon, Nicky Campbell, Nick Hancock, Victoria Derbyshire and Stephen Nolan; Radio 4’s ‘Act Your Age’, ‘Four at the Store’ and ‘Loose Ends’; Talksport Radio and Radio Ulster’s’ The Blame Game’.

Having originally trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Hal’s acting career includes roles on TV and film in ‘Shackleton’; ‘Eastenders’; ‘Kavanagh QC’; ‘Out of the Blue’; ‘Touching Evil’ and ‘Bramwell’. On film Hal Cruttenden has been in ‘Mrs Dalloway‘ and ‘The Madness of King George’. Theatre work includes ‘Orwell a Celebration’ at Trafalgar Studios London and the Edinburgh Festival. In this play he was described by the Daily Mirror as ‘a performer at the very peak of his powers.’

Hal’s big breakthrough in stand up came with his nomination for the Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival for his solo show ‘Hal’, followed by a highly successful run the following year of his second show, ‘To Hal and Back’, which was also performed at the Soho Theatre in London. At the 2008 festival his show, ‘Climb Every Molehill’, was critically acclaimed with The Scotsman’s review saying, ‘He has the actor’s ability to let a story build and, when he peaks, his animation is a joy.’

Internationally, Hal Cruttenden has travelled across Canada on the Just For Laughs 2008 and 2011 Comedy tours following rave reviews for his appearance at the 2008 Just For Laughs Gala in Montreal hosted by Joan Rivers. Hal Cruttenden has also done shows at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival 2005 and Just For Laughs Montreal again in 2004. Other international comedy tours include India, Bermuda, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jakarta, Bali, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. For the British Armed Forces he has played gigs in the Falkland Islands and Cyprus.

Quotes about Hal Cruttenden:

Go and see Hal Cruttenden, he’s got something to say and he’ll make you laugh; a lot” – The Mirror

“Hal Cruttenden is an unqualified delight.  Witty, charming, original and incredibly funny… He is so cheerfully , charmingly middle class that he made me want to open a John Lewis account.” – The Scotsman

“Simply hilarious” – Time Out

“His performance, timing and manner is perfect.”  - The List

“Hal Cruttenden can keep you laughing out loud for an hour… I wouldn’t even bother trying to write him a bad review as he’d probably frame it and make a bloody good gag of it.” – Three Weeks

“A delightful surprise to many with his warm-hearted, quick-witted observations about being a camp, middle class heterosexual.”  - The Daily Telegraph

“Cuddly.” – The Sunday Times

“Bittersweet reminiscences with searing observations” – BBC Online

“His patter went down a riot, whatever it takes, he’s got.” – The Stage

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