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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Craig Hill picks his favourite films

Curating a season at the Edinburgh Filmhouse

Craig Hill has picked his favourite films to be screened at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse cinema. 

The comedian said: ‘I was thrilled when the Filmhouse – which I’ve been going to since 1991 when I was a student in Edinburgh – asked me to indulge myself and come up with my favourite fun films.

‘It’s so hard to narrow your favourite films down to a shortlist but basically I chose the ones that made me laugh the most or were feel-good I could lose myself in or just pure entertainment.

‘I think my number one favourite film is What’s Up Doc? the 1970s slapstick comedy with Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal and Madeline Khan giving spot-on comedy performances.’

That film kicks off the season on Monday.

The cinema has been inviting famous names to curate short searsons since 2017. Hill is the tenth ‘ house guests’ to take on the role, following the likes of Young Fathers, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin.

His selection – with his reasoning – includes 

What’s Up Doc? 'For comic timing, nothing beats this. Barbra Streisand’s delivery is so spot on and I never knew she was such a great comedy actor till I saw this. And Madeline Khan’s character is brilliantly unhinged and hysterical and who doesn’t love a 70s farce with car chases and a tanned Ryan O'Neal in white boxers?'

Up: 'Simply because that’s how you feel when it’s finished-up! It’s joyous, fun, charming and for an animated film I totally believed in the world it created.'

Deadpool:  'This was a complete surprise to me! I wasn’t expecting it to be laugh a minute but it absolutely was. Ryan Reynolds is just brilliant at taking the piss out of the superhero genre. Classic lines and an AMAZING opening scene!'

Contact: 'I was enchanted by this film. I was taken away to another world, in fact, universe – and I just loved going on that journey with Jodie Foster’s character. A spiritual, peaceful fascinating film.'

Airplane: 'How could I not include this in my top films! An absolute classic which surprisingly even to this day makes me laugh out loud! So many brilliant lines that my friends and I still quote back to each other even now.'

Slumdog Millionaire:  'It’s just such a joy to watch-the cinematography is stunning!  It’s a feast for the eyes and a great story well told-what more do you want?'

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Published: 8 May 2019

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Craig Hill\'s Wiz To Oz

Edinburgh Fringe 2004

Craig Hill: One Man And His Kilt

Edinburgh Fringe 2006

Craig Hill's Kilty Pleasures

Edinburgh Fringe 2008

Craig Hill Makes Your Whole Week

Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Craig Hill: 40 Love...?

Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Craig Hill: Blown By A Fan

Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Craig Hill: Jock's Trap

Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Craig Hill: Tartan About!

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Craig Hill: Give Him an Inch...

Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Craig Hill: Playing With My Selfie!

Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Craig Hill: Up and Coming!

Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Craig Hill: C'mon the Lads!

Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Craig Hill: Bottoms Up!


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