Hal Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden

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Hal Cruttenden is one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer and actor. He’s been nominated for ‘Best Club Act’ at the prestigious Chortle Awards. In the last three years Hal has toured the UK with his shows ‘The Tiny Rage Tour’ (2011) and ‘Lively’ (2010). His current stand up show ‘Tough Luvvie’ toured the country after selling out at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2014, his first sitcom, ‘Hal’ will begin broadcasting on Radio 4. He’s also one of the most experienced and in demand hosts for corporate events in the country.

 

 

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Hal Cruttenden: TV Comedy

He is the host of The Rugby’s On on BT Sport with Ugo Monye. He has also made several appearances on ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC1 & 2), ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC1), ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1), ‘Would I Lie To You’ (BBC1) ‘The One Show’ (BBC1), ‘The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice’ (BBC2 & Channel 4) and ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’ (BBC2).

TV also includes ‘Richard Osman’s House of Games’ (BBC2), ‘Mock the Week’ (BBC2), ‘Guessable’ (Comedy Central), ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ (BBC1), ‘Celebrity Chase (ITV1), ‘The Wright Stuff’ (Channel 5), ‘Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live’ (BBC3), ‘The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala’ (Channel 10 Australia), ‘Just For Laughs Gala’ (CBC Canada), and ‘Celebrity Tipping Point’ (ITV1).

Television appearances for Hal Cruttenden as a comic include:

  • ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC1)
  • ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC1)
  • ‘Mock The Week’ (BBC2)
  • ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ (BBC1)
  • ‘Let’s Dance For Comic Relief’ (BBC1)
  • ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking (Sky One)
  • ‘Edinburgh Comedy Fest’ (BBC3)
  • ‘The Royal Variety Performance (ITV)
  • ‘Comedy Rocks’ (ITV)
  • ‘Rob Brydon Show’ (BBC2)
  • ‘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)
  • ‘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)
  • ‘Net.Comedy’ (Action Time)
  • ‘Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards’ (Channel 5)
  • ‘House of Fun’ (Meridien)

Radio Work

Hal wrote and starred in his own sitcom, ‘Hal’ on Radio 4, as an actor he trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, he has appeared in ‘Shackleton’; ‘Eastenders’; ‘Touching Evil’, ‘Bramwell’, ‘Mrs Dalloway‘, ‘Brexit’, ‘Making News’ and ‘Orwell A Celebration’.

He can be frequently heard on the radio with appearances on Radio 5 Live; alongside Richard Bacon, Nicky Campbell, Nick Hancock, Victoria Derbyshire and Stephen Nolan. Radio 4’s ‘Act Your Age’, ‘Four at the Store’ and ‘Loose Ends’; Talksport Radio and Radio Ulster’s’ The Blame Game’.

 

TV & Film Acting

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.

Hal Cruttenden: 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. His 2008 show ‘Climb Every Molehill’ was critically acclaimed but ‘Tough Luvvie’ (his latest show) 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.’ Hal’s next tour, ‘It’s Best You Hear it From Me’ starts in 2022.

 

International Stand Up

Internationally, Hal Cruttenden has travelled across Canada on the Just For Laughs 2008 and 2011 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 and Cyprus.

“Hilarious” 
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9 reviews for Hal Cruttenden

  1. Fest

    On the edge of great fame

  2. Daily Telegraph

    His best solo stand-up show to date

  3. Scotsman

    An absolute joy to watch… fabulous

  4. William Reed

    Hal was brilliant. It’s a super-tough crowd in that room and he had them very well entertained.

  5. Faversham House – HVR Awards

    I was really impressed by him at the HVR awards, he had done a lot of research into the subject and he engaged the audience without offending anyone. I would definitely use him again

  6. Dewberry Redpoint

    Short answer – he was hilarious!!! Had a great rapport with the audience and the sponsors as they came up to present, chatted away to winners when they collected their award, and really went down well with everyone. Nothing but positive feedback from all guests, and he was a nice guy as well so good from an organiser point of view too.

  7. Faversham House

    Hal was a great speaker, very professional, very well received and was a pleasure to work with. He made the awards ceremony, which can be boring, entertaining and light hearted, but also kept the feeling that we are there to celebrate companies hard work.I have had great feedback from the guests that I have spoken to, they thought he was brilliant!

    Faversham House

  8. Emap

    Those of us who run Awards serving the ‘nichier’ sectors have a pretty demanding brief for our comic hosts: we want them to be as funny as they would be in their stand-up, and maybe just as rude, and definitely sparring with our audience members. BUT, we would also like them to take a bit of an interest in what ‘our’ industry does, rather than just laughing at it, and we’d like them to be a tad respectful of our people and the pride they take in their achievements – even if the prizewinning product does look to the layman like a white box or a widget. And did i mention that we’d really like the host to keep the pace up, as we’ve got lots of awards to get through, while having everyone leaving the event with a warm feeling too? It’s quite a brief, but it’s one that Hal Cruttendon has delivered on for me, on two different occasions. SImply put, you know if you are planning an Awards that Hal will put the effort in to making it a memorable night.

  9. McMullen & Sons

    He was a great success and it was a pleasure to meet him – such a lovely man.

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