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Hal Cruttenden: Tough Luvvie
Hal’s got his head in the game and his eyes on the prize, at least one of the gloves is off and he’s been spotted rehearsing his fighting stance in the bathroom mirror. You might not think he is the manliest of men but it’s no more Mister Nice Guy as this self-proclaimed “luvvie” sets out to show us what he’s really made of.
Hal Cruttenden: Fringe 2012
Hal Cruttenden is about as polished as they come in the world of stand-up. He had the audience eating out of his hand in a dense, clubby set that showed why he is one of the UK’s most in-demand circuit acts who can pick and choose his live work.
He offered a very good show in one of the most challengingly uncomfortable venues. How the Pleasance can charge £11 for a backless bench in a room you could do hot yoga in is worth an inquiry at some point. It doesn’t make it an even playing field for the performers when some of them have an audience in spinal torture after ten minutes through no fault of their own.
His specialist subjects were his inescapable middle-classness and sounding staggeringly camp for a heterosexual man. His comedy was cosy and family-based, even when aiming for waspishness and political bite; he tricked the audience into thinking he was more hard hitting than he actually is, thanks to the actor’s training and ability to appear a rhetorician. The humour is derived from the dislocation between his comically pompous self righteousness (this isn’t a man without convictions) and his obvious utter wussiness.
He ticked some boxes - rejection of private schooling for his children, the misuse of the power of Facebook for inane purposes, the London riots, europolitics and pensions – and also brought in his Northern Irish wife, a permanent fixture of his set. Is the Northern Irish accent still worthy of comment? Apparently it is, as the audience loved it, particularly in relation to dog-training.
You have to admire his polished performance and sheer density of material, but there’s something that keeps you at arms’ length, so that although the laughter is constant, he never sideswipes you with the unexpected. His style is so honed that he has almost created a caricature of himself so the fun comes from recognising a typical Cruttenden trope rather than being surprised by him.
I’m not sure why this diminishes the experience slightly for me, but it does. That being said, his show and elegant performance would be the envy of most comedians here.
|Date of live review: Thursday 16th Aug, '12|
Review by Julia Chamberlain
Glad to see Hal C getting the praise he deserves. I've seen him twice in London and once at the Fringe. But felt close to leaving that room at the Pleasance, finally someone had put it on record. Why are we still putting up with this unprofessional venue management? Are we really that indifferent in the UK?
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