Harry is regarded as one of the UK’s finest and most original comedy acts. His unique brand of humour – interweaving running gags, using music, short films and far-fetched yarns has been rewarded with numerous awards, nominations and accolades.
Real name Matthew Hall, Harry Hill was a doctor prior to taking the stand-up comedy circuit by storm. Harry stood out on the circuit with his surreal flights of fancy, switching at rapid-fire pace through several stream-of-consciousness stories that tie up perfectly. ‘What are the chances of that happening?’
In 1992 he won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. Harry Hill’s Fruit Corner and Fruit Fancies followed for radio. His guest appearances on the revamped ‘Saturday night live’ show further helped his case as his own TV series followed for Channel Four. Arguably, this is when the influence of badgers on Harry’s comedy came to the fore.
Greatly admired across the Atlantic, Harry made an acclaimed appearance on The Late Show (CBS), where the show’s famous host and chat-show-king, David Letterman has since personally invited Harry back on the show seven times – a record for a British stand-up.
His pedigree as a live performer is well known and in 2002 he was personally invited to perform as the only non-music act by David Bowie at his Meltdown event at London’s Royal Festival Hall. A prolific last few years have seen Harry write his first novel, Flight from Deathrow published in November 2002, which has subsequently been reprinted three times.In 2003 he was crowned Male Spectacle Wearer Of The Year – previous winners of the award
include Cliff Richard and Tony Blair – and his fourth ITV1 series, Harry Hill’s TV Burp was transmitted, which went on to see him win him Best Comic at the Rose D’Or International TV Festival in 2004 and be nominated for a Bafta in 2005.
Harry also saw his 2005 tour, Hooves become a complete sell-out and went on to record the show for a successful live DVD released in November. Harry Hill’s TV Burp is now Harry’s sixth series for ITV1 – following the success of the 2001 Rose D’Or International TV Festival nominated one-off special, the 2003 Rose D’Or International TV Festival award-winning The All New Harry Hill Show and the acclaimed, award-winning four other series of Harry Hill’s TV Burp.
Other memorable appearances include his performance as Morrissey on Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes, The Royal Variety Performance, being honoured on This Is Your Life, An Audience with Harry Hill and teaching playing the ‘horn xylophone’ on the a celebrity episode of The Generation Game. Harry has recently become the voice of You’ve Been Framed, where his off-the-cuff style of witticisms have led to him being widely credited as the saviour of the format.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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