Comic Hal comes to fes­ti­val

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LIVE At The Apollo star Hal Crut­ten­den is bring­ing his ‘Chub­ster’ tour to South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val this month – with the ti­tle of his tour given to him by his teenage daugh­ters!

Crut­ten­den has risen to na­tional fame hav­ing ap­peared on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week, but it is live shows that he views as the pin­na­cle.

He said: “I’m very much look­ing for­ward to it.

“The longer you go on the bet­ter you get, every time I’ve done a new one I’ve thought this is my best yet. “It’s what most peo­ple do com­edy for. ‘‘A lot of peo­ple tend to think peo­ple do com­edy to get on TV and on panel shows – rub­bish. The rea­son they do those panel shows is to get peo­ple to buy tick­ets to their live shows.”

It will be Crut­ten­den’s first ap­per­ance at the fes­ti­val, and he is rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity to take part in the spec­ta­cle.

“I do as many fes­ti­vals as pos­si­ble be­cause the au­di­ence tend to be in that zone.

“At your nor­mal tour gig you have peo­ple com­ing to see you, and if you’ve been a comic on the cir­cuit do­ing clubs for years, it’s al­ways fan­tas­tic to be do­ing your own show, the big­gest re­ward for get­ting more suc­cess­ful as a comic is tour­ing, when you tour you do your own show af­ter years of walk­ing up and no­body knows who you are.

“When you have your own show peo­ple do know who you are and they come to see you, and that’s fan­tas­tic.

“We are usu­ally just do­ing one night, fly­ing in and out, but it is nice to have that fes­ti­val at­mos­phere.

“The big­gest one is Ed­in­burgh which is all-en­com­pass­ing, it al­most takes it too far, you can’t es­cape it.

“It’s nice to go to the smaller ones be­cause it is ex­cit­ing to have the com­edy but you can get away from it, but Ed­in­burgh is a month, a lit­tle more hard core, harder to es­cape from.

“I started the tour at Ed­in­burgh, I did a month there do­ing a play and then my show in the evening, so it was heavy.”

The name of the show, ‘Chub­ster’, was de­cided on by his teenage daugh­ters, who have proven to be in­spi­ra­tional to the show as a whole.

“My show is called ‘Chub­ster’, so I do a lot about weight, a lot about fam­ily but I don’t even re­alise that un­til I sit down and look at the show I’ve got.

“I never set out and plan to do a sort of show – I of­ten start like that but ac­tu­ally you just end up with the best stuff you’ve writ­ten re­cently, and I find that I write quite a lot about my daugh­ters, be­cause they’re now teenagers, com­par­ing them be­ing teenagers to me as a teenager, it’s weirdly a lot about death.

“There’s so much death, but it’s never sad.

“I al­ways think the best com­edy has real dark­ness, but you never sit down and say I’m go­ing to make it sad.

“I talk a lot about death, fam­ily a lot of pol­i­tics.

“I dip in and out of pol­i­tics be­cause I’m not a to­tally po­lit­i­cal comic, I’m just a comic who’s a lit­tle bit ob­sessed with pol­i­tics at the mo­ment as ev­ery­one is.

“You’re try­ing to keep it out of your life, while do­ing a count­down to pos­si­bly the big­gest eco­nomic chal­lenge we’ve ever faced in our life­time.

“It’s just sort of ev­ery­thing that’s been run­ning through my head over the last two years.

“It’s taken me a year and a half to write this show, but it’s grow­ing all the time, if I’m on tour it starts as an hour and then gets to an hour and 20, an hour and 30, be­cause I keep on writ­ing.

“You have that first al­bum, the dif­fi­cult sec­ond al­bum, then by the time you get to the fourth and fifth that’s when you’re com­ing into your own.”

He added that he was im­pressed by the other co­me­di­ans who are com­plet­ing the line up, and gave his pro­fes­sional opin­ion on who to look out for.

“Look­ing at the South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val web­site, ev­ery­one is there, it’s all so good!

“Phill Jupi­tus, Phil Ni­chol, Zoe Lyons I al­ways love, and I’m a mas­sive fan of Tom Binns.”

See Hal Crut­ten­den, Chub­ster Tour at The Bold Ho­tel, Lord Street, South­port, on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

Tick­ets £13.50 avail­able di­rect from the venue or visit: www.south­port­com­e­dyfes­ti­

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