Though a Virginian by birth, Rich Hall’s take on politics has led him to become a staple of the British comedy scene and is, perhaps, seen as a national treasurer.
This month, he brings his latest comedy show to the newly renovated Middlesbrough Town Hall Theatre for a night that promises to cut close to the bone, especially in the current political climate.
His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s ‘Countrier Than You’, Rich Hall’s ‘Presidential Grudge Match’ and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s ‘(US Election) Breakdown’, have brought about a new legion of followers.
Hall has had a clutch of his own television specials on British television but has also worked on ‘The David Letterman Show’ for which he won two Emmys and has also appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’.
In the UK, he’s more famous for his appearances on ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ and for his hilarious turns on ‘QI’. But if you’ve only ever seen Hall on TV, you’ve short-changed yourself.
Rich Hall’s Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America but ends up being a celebration of the USA. There’s stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping, shit-kicking good time to be had by all.
Rich Hall heads to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Friday 12th October. Tickets, priced at £17.00 (plus booking fee), are available from middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk.