TV, radio, film acting, writing and performing
Hal Cruttenden is one of the one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being an accomplished writer and actor. In 2007 he appeared on ‘Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive’ for BBC3 and wrote and performed in ‘The Omid Djalili Show’ aired on BBC1. His radio appearances include Radio 4’s ‘Four at the Store’ and Radio Ulster’s’ The Blame Game’.
His other television credits include, ‘The 11 O’Clock Show’, (Channel 4), ‘Brain Candy’ (BBC3), ‘Live at Jongleurs’ (UK Gold/Paramount), ‘The Comedy Store’ (Paramount) ‘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), ‘The Deputy Prime Minister’ (BBC2), ‘Hoot’ (Bravo), ‘Net.Comedy’ (Action Time), ‘Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards’ (Channel 5) and ‘House of Fun’ (Meridien). He has also warmed up at the BBC for ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ and the ‘Keith Barrett Show’ in addition to hosting the recordings for ‘The World Stands Up’ at The Clapham Grand.
Having originally trained as an actor 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 he has been in ‘Mrs Dalloway’ and ‘The Madness of King George’.
Live stand up
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 end of 2003. At the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, he performed sketches with ‘The Monkey Butlers’ to sell out crowds at the Underbelly Venue. He is a regular performer at all the top UK clubs, including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, and supported Ardal O’Hanlon and Omid Djalili on their recent nationwide tours.
International stand up
He has done shows throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland, and even further afield in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jakarta, Canada, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, where he appeared at the Jubilee Hall in the world famous Raffles Hotel. He performed at the opening of the first comedy venue in Bali and, earlier this year, did a week of shows to the Armed Forces in the Falkland Islands! Hal received rave reviews at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, 2004 and at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, 2005.