Fringe preview: Hal Cruttenden

This article is from 2015

Fringe comedy preview: Hal Cruttenden

Suburban life, middle-age and gangsta rap get the Cruttenden treatment in his fifth solo show

Star of BBC Radio 4’s Hal and regular panellist on Mock the Week, Hal Cruttenden returns to Edinburgh with new show Straight Outta Cruttenden. Despite an audience member fainting at one of his recent London gigs, he reassures us that he hasn’t switched to shock-factor stand-up. ‘That night, the show became about a bloke who couldn’t hold his alcohol on a hot day. Usually it’s my hilarious thoughts on suburban life, class, middle-age and gangsta rap.’

Including his appearances in group and sketch shows, this year will be his seventh run at the Edinburgh Fringe. ‘This is my fifth new solo show. I’ve been around a while but I’m like a fine wine. I get better with age. I’m only better at comedy, I should add: everything else is shit.’

His fondest memory of so many summers in the Scottish capital remains 2002. ‘I was nominated for the Perrier Newcomer and had many five and four-star reviews. It really felt like the moment I grew up as a comedian.’ Unfortunately he doesn’t have such rosy memories of The List. ‘For the record, The List gave me the only one-star review of my career.’ Awkward.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8–30 Aug (not 17), 8pm, £13–£16 (£11–£15). Previews 5–7 Aug, £9.

Hal Cruttenden: It's Best You Hear It From Me

  • 3 stars

Observational humour from the TV regular.