Rich Hall 2010 UK tour
This article is from 2010.
1: Details of Rich Hall’s early days are admirably sketchy, though it’s widely reported that he was born in Virginia in 1954. Rumours that he faked his own death to avoid some debts from his street-performing days are unconfirmed but we can be fairly certain that this snippet from his promoter’s website can’t possibly be true: ‘He quit his job as a hurricane namer for the United States Meteorological Service two decades ago and hasn’t looked back’.
2: Matt Groening confessed that Hall was the real-life inspiration behind the character of Moe Szyslak, the grouchy bar-keep of Homer’s favourite tavern in The Simpsons. When the truth unfurled, Hall admitted: ‘It’s an honour, once you get over the shock of seeing yourself as a horrible, yellow caricature.’
3: He is credited with inventing the word ‘sniglet’, whose dictionary definition (were it in said book) would be ‘a word that should be in the dictionary but isn’t’. Hall has published several books in this area including Sniglets for Kids, When Sniglets Ruled the Earth and Angry Young Sniglets.
4: He was nominated for the 1996 Perrier Award alongside Bill Bailey, Armstrong & Miller and Al Murray, with the gong going to Dylan Moran, but four years later he scooped the big one in the guise of grizzled Country legend Otis Lee Crenshaw. He swatted away some pretty lightweight competition featuring no-hoper nominees such as Lee Mack (with Catherine Tate), Dave Gorman and Sean Lock. Where are they now, eh?
5: Truly one of stand-up comedy’s most respected veterans, he has earned the right to vent some spleen and he has this to say about the current state of the art: ‘A robot can do comedy now. If you cut into Michael McIntyre, you’d probably find a lot of wires and processors and stuff.’
Perth Concert Hall, Fri 21 May.