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Hal Cruttenden: It’s Best You Hear It From Me (Impatient Productions / Blue Book Artist Management)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2022

Hal Cruttenden does not hold back, and this year he’s placed himself in the firing line. The seasoned comedian’s latest show centres on self-reflection as prompted by a recent separation. Make no mistake, he’s not looking for sympathy. Hal Cruttenden’s acerbic style pulls no punches, and he carries out material with a gleefully petty energy that pulls the audience into his good-natured taunting. “Don’t be too kind,” he admonishes the crowd. “Still hate me, a little bit.” He makes a point of not talking politics but dances around it nonetheless and isn’t afraid to skirt into taboo topics. These jokes succeed when they’re swift. A longer setpiece about world events proves a little too uncomfortable and makes divorce sound cuddly.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Louise Jones]