Hal Cruttenden is one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer and actor. Over the last year he’s made his second appearances on ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV) and ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC1), which this time he hosted. He’s also been seen on ’Would I Lie To You’ (BBC1), ‘Kevin Bridges: Live at the Referendum’ (BBC1), ’Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV), ’The Great British Bake Off – Extra Slice’ (BBC 2), ‘Mock The Week’ (BBC2), ‘Celebrity Squares’ (ITV), Pointless Celebrities (BBC1), and his radio sitcom ‘Hal’ is currently broadcasting on Radio 4.
Over the past few years he’s been nominated for ‘Best Club Act’ at the prestigious Chortle Awards, and his stand up show ‘Tough Luvvie’ is completing a year long tour of the country after selling out at the Edinburgh Festival. This is his third national tour following ‘The Tiny Rage Tour 2011’ and ‘Lively’ (2010).
Other television appearances include ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC1),’Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ (BBC1), ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ (BBC1), ’Comedy Rocks’ (ITV), ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking (Sky One), ‘The Rob Brydon Show’ (BBC2) and ‘The Omid Djalili Show’ (BBC1), for which he wrote numerous sketches; ‘The 11 O’Clock Show’ (Channel 4); ‘Tonight’ (ITV); ‘BBC Breakfast’ (BBC1); ‘Comedy Central at the Comedy Store’ (Comedy Central); ‘Just For Laughs Gala’ (CBC Canada); ‘Funny as Hell” (BBC America) ‘George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight’ (CBC Canada); ‘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); ‘The Warehouse’ (Carlton TV); ‘Carlton Comedy Warehouse’ (Carlton/STV); ‘Most Annoying Couples’ (BBC); ‘The Deputy Prime Minister’ (BBC2); ‘Hoot’ (Bravo).
Apart from the sitcom ‘Hal’ on Radio 4, he can frequently be heard on the radio with appearances on 5 Live with Richard Bacon, Nicky Campbell, Nick Hancock, Victoria Derbyshire and Stephen Nolan. On Radio 4 he’s been on ‘Act Your Age’, ‘Four at the Store’, ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘Chat Show Roulette’. He is a team captain on Radio 4’s panel show, ‘Britain Versus The World’.
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 he has been in ‘Mrs Dalloway‘ and ‘The Madness of King George’. Theatre work includes ‘Making News’ at the Edinburgh Festival and ‘Orwell A Celebration’ at Trafalgar Studios London and the Edinburgh Festival.
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’. He perfumed two more full length shows at Edinburgh in 2003 and 2008 but ‘Tough Luvvie’ has been described as his best show yet with the Daily Telegraph saying, ‘He’s naturally funny but he’s evolving here into something more challenging and provocative than some jolly-faced follower in the footsteps of Michael McIntyre.’
International Stand Up
Internationally, Hal’s travelled across Canada on the Just For Laughs Comedy tours. He has appeared at two Just For Laughs Galas in Montreal hosted by Joan Rivers (2008) and Howie Mandel (2012). He 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, Cyprus and Germany.