Rich Hall’s Hoedown: Leicester Square Theatre, London, 2018
Headliner’s Comedy 16th Birthday: George IV pub, Chiswick, London, 2018
Stand Up Against Alzheimer’s: The Comedy Store, London, 2019
Headliner’s Comedy 17th Birthday: George IV pub, Chiswick, London, 2019
Headliners Comedy Club: George IV pub, Chiswick, London, 2020
Having been a fan for years, I saw American comedian Rich Hall once again perform with his band for a Hoedown show at the Leicester Square Theatre, London in May 2018. Hall divides his time between his native America and the UK and is equally perceptive when he talked about both countries on stage. His shrewd observations of British culture mashed up with the confused stance of a man who can’t believe what’s happened to his country provided a seemingly limitless source of comedy.
The first half of the show was delivered by Hall alone on-stage ranting and rambling about his annoyances and the musical second set saw Hall and his band appear offering their take on country and western with material gleaned from the audience. Hall’s contact with the audience has always been exceptionally funny and it all makes for a terrific, enjoyable and very funny show from a superb performer and his band.
In September 2018, Hall was top of the bill at Headliner’s Comedy 16th Birthday and in June 2019, he was a special guest for Stand Up Against Alzheimer’s at The Comedy Store in London. He returned as to Headliners Comedy Club in September 2019 (to celebrate their 17th birthday) and headlined again in February 2020. Every time he delivered razor sharp comedy armed with his guitar, his ability to make up a comic song on the spot about an audience member he has just encountered was brilliant.