Headliners Comedy Club: George IV pub, Chiswick, London, 2018
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Hal Cruttenden: Chubster: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2018
The Big Funny Fest: The Old Deer Park, Richmond, 2019
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
I have seen Cruttenden many times on stage and this skilful comedian has a reflective talent for making an audience laugh a lot. He can handle a large number of subjects in his sets with apparent ease and has a range of easily relatable crowd-pleasing material.
Cruttenden has reduced me to hysterical continuous laughter and managed to retain the comedy of the performance whilst gaining a respect for the sensitive issues that he dealt with in the sets. He can also show great confidence with his audience interactions. His easy- going, relaxed and sometimes daring banter with me and other members of the crowd at Always Be Comedy was hilarious. He can remember previous encounters with the audience and myself with me laughing loudly at him continuing where he left off winning over the whole crowd with his effortless charm.
In his solo show Chubster, he had the audience in the palm of his hand effortlessly making them laugh out loud. From the beginning, dancing to Let It Go from the Disney film Frozen (for his daughter) to the show itself about the awkwardness of living with teenage daughters and family life is engaging and immensely likeable.
In his routines at The Big Funny Fest and Always Be Comedy in June 2019, his extended set of his show Chubster examined the middle-class society with rapid creativity and superb wit, he had the audience convulsing with laughter. I was exhausted after watching his headline sets.
To see Cruttenden on stage twice in a month as I did in June 2019 and be as funny if not funnier is the sign of a great comedian who I can watch time and time again and I look forward to seeing again soon.