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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First Edinburgh Fringe 2021 comedy shows announced

It's happening! But not as we know it...

The first comedy shows for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe have been announced – but on a much smaller scale than usual.

Henning Wehn, Daniel Sloss and Craig Hill have announced performances over just four days, in a venue in the suburbs of the Scottish capital.

They will be at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange in Chesser, about three miles from the festival’s usual hubs, from Thursday August 5 to Sunday August 8.

Wehn will be unveiling his new show,  It’ll All Come Out In The Wash, ahead of an autumn tour, while Sloss and Hill will be reprising their existing shows, Hubris and Pumped respectively.

The venue will be run by global tour promoters  Live Nation, which has set up two rooms with capacities of 100 to 400 with social distancing in place; more if rules are relaxed. Normally it can host gigs for up to 1,000 people.

Live Nation executive Ian Coburn says the company is ’looking forward to working with other promoters and artists to bring some certainty for Fringe performers in such uncertain times’.

The Fringe Society allowed shows to register from earlier this month, but has so far declined to reveal how many have signed up as venues are finding it hard to plan without knowing what Covid measures will need to be in place.

A joint statement by ten venues, representing 80 per cent of ticket sales, has warned that year’s event remained in doubt because a two-metre social distancing rule made it impossible "financially and operationally" to mount shows.

In a statement, the operators - including  Assembly, Underbelly, Gilded Balloon, Just The Tonic, Pleasance, and The Stand - said the longer-term future of the festival was ‘at grave risk’ and sought more financial help from the public purse.

The official dates for the Edinburgh Fringe 2021 are August 6 to 30 and tickets for the Corn Exchange shows go on sale from 10am this Friday at Tickets for other shows are due on sale at the official Fringe website from early summer.

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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!

Edinburgh Fringe 2021

Craig Hill: Pumped!


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