RICH HALL NEWS
In his latest documentary on the USA, award-winning comedian Rich Hall heads out to the West Coast to continue his cultural critique of American people and its places. Airing 9:00pm this Sunday, 20th July, Rich Hall’s California Stars is a ninety minute documentary made by Open Mike Manchester for BBC Four.
Brand new CD out now - available to buy on CD and download from the Off The Kerb Store. Waitin' on a Grammy is Rich Hall's latest CD and the first ever to include studio recorded tracks along with the customary live music recordings normally associated with Rich, or his alter ego Otis Lee Crenshaw, and his various backing bands over the years, The Gadflys, The Black Liars and The Honky Tonk A**holes. Rich has always included music both in his Otis Lee Crenshaw guise and frequently in his live stand up shows and now Rich has recorded - both in the studio and live at the Soho Theatre - his latest full blown musical venture. Born from his 2011 Edinburgh Festival show Rich Hall's Hoedown, The Hoedown Band have since performed with Rich at selected comedy clubs and festivals and two sell-out runs in London’s Soho Theatre. Rich Hall's Hoedown started life as a drinkin' dancin' and comedy late night ninety minute spectacular with various random guests (including Phill Jupitus, Barry Cryer and Tony Law), an onstage bar, and often an onstage audience. The show has since slimmed down to feature Rich, the band and a set full of Rich's comedy songs. The latest of these are included on Waitin' On A Grammy, along with some favourites never before available and of course Rich’s famous improvised musical odes to hapless members of the audience, who are now immortalised in song whether they wanted to be or not. Rich is also touring this autumn - click for tour dates...
Rich Hall has won the Barry Award, the biggest prize in comedy at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, for his live show. The award - named in honour of Barry Humphries - was gratefully received by Rich who said 'This is fantastic. It's a real kick in the pants. To all the other magnificent comedians: I'm lucky to be in your company.'
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Rich Hall, the grouchy, deadpan, comic genius quit his job as a hurricane namer for the United States Meteorological Service two decades ago and hasn’t looked back.
Looking like a Pearl Jam roadie, Rich is a master of absurdist irony while eschewing the human condition. He particularly likes to lay into Americans and life across the Pond at every opportunity. As Rich Hall the stand-up, he has visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival several times and performed at the major comedy clubs in Britain and across the world. He is well known in the United States for appearing and writing on The David Letterman Show – for which he won two Emmy Awards.
In 1998, Rich Hall created the character Otis Lee Crenshaw, a redneck jailbird from Tennessee, who has been married seven times, all to women named Brenda. A singer-songwriter, Otis writes bourbon-soaked, Tom Waitsian tunes and blends this with audience banter, producing a perfect fusion of music and comedy.
Since then, Otis Lee Crenshaw has been charming sell-out audiences each year at the Edinburgh Festival, throughout the UK (on tour), at several festivals in Australia including Adelaide and Melbourne and at London’s famous Comedy Store, where he had a monthly slot for six months. At the Edinburgh Festival 2000, Rich Hall is Otis Lee Crenshaw won the highly prestigious Perrier Award.
Rich has written and presented his own TV shows in the UK, in particular How the West Was Lost (2008) a thought-provoking documentary for the BBC. He also wrote and starred in Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive, Rich Hall’s Election Special and Rich Hall’s Fishing Show with Mike Wilmot.
In the United States Rich Hall has appeared on The David Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live. In the UK, Rich has appeared on: Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Jack Dee’s Sunday Service and Edinburgh Nights.
‘… an evening spent in the company of this American hero is one of the most gratifying and (yes) joyful experiences to be had on the comedy circuit’ – The Independent