You have to be joking? Hal Cruttenden

The joke that you loved but no one else did?

I do have one but you won’t find it funny. So I’m not telling!

The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?

Years ago I had a joke about terrorism that I thought was lame but always worked well. It was something like this.

‘I’m really terrified by all these terrorist groups – Al Qaeda, ISIS etc… My mum called me recently to tell me a distant relative had been killed by Alzheimers. My first response was ‘Who the hell are they?” It’s still lame isn’t it but people voted for Trump remember…

The comedian(s) that made you want to be a comedian?

The first comic who blew my mind was Billy Connolly back in the mid 80s when they showed ‘An Audience with Billy Connolly’ on TV. My Dad and I watched that so many time the video went all fuzzy. When I got into comedy I loved Eddie Izzard. For me, the fact that a posh camp man could be so unapologetically himself in front of a comedy crowd encouraged me to think that maybe I could fit into this world. I’ve met him 4 times and he never remembers who I am! In my early days performing, just watching Phil Nichol on stage inspired me. I’ve always loved his total commitment to madness. What a performer!!!

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

I can’t actually remember. It might have been Theresa May’s speech online about the EU Withdrawal Bill on June 20th – look for it on her twitter account. Watch the joy and enthusiasm she attempts to summon up about Brexit – something that she voted against.


Hal Cruttenden’s new stand up show Chubster will be a the

Pleasance Courtyard – One at 9pm daily for the month of August for tickets go to

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