Craig Hill

Craig Hill

Camp comedian Craig Hill had hs first public success at the age of ten when he won a talent contest in his native East Kilbride, impersonating Cleo Laine. He never looked back, going on to enter dance contests, write songs, sing in local bands - and eventually train as a hairdresser.

In 1991 Craig moved to Edinburgh to study drama at Queen Margaret College, and after he graduated he worked in Theatre In Education and pantomimes. His first comedy slot came when a friend secretly booked him in for an open spot in 1998.

His Edinburgh Fringe comedy debut in 1999, as part of Scottish triple bill Three Weird Beards at the Gilded Balloon and performed his first solo show, Craig Hill’s Alive With The Sound Of Music, the following year. He has been a regular performer at the Fringe ever since, and also appeared at the 2003 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

In 2002, he recored his first series for BBC Radio Scotland Craig Hill’s Passionate Encounter, and he went on to front the BBC radio comedy quiz, Famous For Five Minutes.

From 2002 to 2003 Craig featured in all episodes of series one and two of BBC Scotland’s Friday night comedy variety programme Live Floor Show, and remained a regular when it was was promoted to BBC Two in 2003.

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Festival doubles in size

The Leicester Comedy Festival is to double in size, boasting more than 200 events next year.

Although details of the programme for the 13th annual event is still being finalised, a total of 216 events have so far been registered with organisers - almost twice as many as this year.

Among the big-name stars will be rare live performances from Ronnie Corbett and Sir David Frost.

AndRoseanne Barr has already announced two exclusive dates as part of the festival – in the De Montfort Hall on opening day, February 10, and February 11.

Other big touring names to pass through the city during the ten-day festival include Sandi Toksvig, Omid Djalili, Stewart Lee, Lee Mack, The Mighty Boosh, John Shuttleworth and Ben Elton

And there are appearances by circuit favourites Danny Bhoy, Andy Parsons. Jo Caulfield, Craig Hill, Daniel Kitson, Rhod Gilbert, Jason Manford and Robin Ince as well as scores of grassroots performances.

As well as the stand-up, there will be  a series of discussions as debates, on such topics as faith and comedy and how to write a joke. Chortle is also organising a comedy pub quiz, in aid of Amnesty International, on the final day, February 19

Festival director Geoff Rowe said: he was ‘incredibly pleased’ with the programme for Britain’s oldest festival dedicated only to comedy.

The programme will be released later this month, and a preview show will officially launch the festival at Demontfort Hall on January 13.

 

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Published: 11 Dec 2005

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