Hal 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 also just completed his first national solo tour “Lively’. In the last year he has also travelled to Bermuda for Just For Laughs Comedy, performed to British troops in Cyprus and travelled to India with The Comedy Store.
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); ‘Brain Candy’ (BBC3); ‘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); ‘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).
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.’ He is a regular at all the top UK comedy clubs and has supported Rob Brydon, Sean Lock, Ardal O’Hanlon and Omid Djalili on their nationwide tours, before embarking on his own tour.
Internationally, Hal has travelled across Canada on the Just For Laughs 2008 Comedy tour, which played to over 40,000 people across the country. This followed rave reviews for his appearance at that year’s Just For Laughs Gala in Montreal hosted by Joan Rivers. 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, 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.