september, 2021

30sep7:00 pmComedy Night with Rich Hall and Suzi Ruffell7:00 pm Event Type :Comedy,St James Members

Event Details

The first event of our new season of Comedy will be kicked off in style with a double headline show featuring Rich Hall and Suzi Ruffell, alongside MC Thomas Green.

Rich Hall

Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. The award-winning Montana native is renowned for his expertly crafted tirades and quick-fire banter with audiences. This is a comedian whose plain spoken growling indignation and acerbic observations have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time, leaving his audience hanging on every word winning him fans all over the globe. Hall has been described as a transatlantic messenger lampooning each country he visits with his common sense, and he is no less harsh to his homeland.

Rich is well known in the United States for appearing and writing on The David Letterman Show (1982-84) – for which he won two Emmy Awards. He was a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live for the 1984 – 1985 season and he appeared a few times on Late Night with Conan O’Brien between 1994 and 2004. He was also a regular on Not Necessarily the News from 1982 -1990 and his famous ‘sniglets’ segment was eventually compiled into two books.In 1998, Rich Hall created the character Otis Lee Crenshaw, a redneck jailbird from Tennessee, who has been married seven times, all to women named Brenda. A singer-songwriter, Otis writes bourbon-soaked, Tom Waitsian tunes and blends this with audience banter, producing a perfect fusion of music and comedy. Otis Lee Crenshaw charmed sell-out audiences each year at the Edinburgh Festival, throughout the UK, at comedy festivals in Australia including Adelaide and Melbourne and at London’s famous Comedy Store, where he had a monthly slot for six months. At the Edinburgh Festival 2000, Rich Hall as Otis Lee Crenshaw won the highly prestigious Perrier Award.Rich Hall has always included music in his shows since the Otis Lee Crenshaw days and in 2010 he began bringing his talented band of musicians with him to Edinburgh, London, and everywhere in between for a mash up of music and comedy in his distinctive Hoedown show.Rich has written and presented his own TV shows in the UK, in particular a number of documentaries for BBC Four: How the West Was Lost (2008), Rich Hall’s Dirty South (2010), Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters (2011), Rich Hall’s Inventing the Indian (2012), Rich Hall’s You Can Go To Hell, I’m Going To Texas (2013), Rich Hall’s California Stars (2014), Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match (2016), Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown (ongoing) and most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You (2017) and Rich Hall’s Red Menace (2019).He also wrote and starred in the TV shows Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive (2006), Rich Hall’s Election Special (2004), Rich Hall’s Badly Funded Think Tank (2001) and Rich Hall’s Fishing Show with Mike Wilmot in 2003. His other UK TV credits include Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Stand Up For The Week, Comedy Gala Live At The O2, Stand Up For The Week, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Jack Dee’s Sunday Service and Edinburgh Nights.Other strings to his bow include being the inspiration behind Matt Groening’s character Moe Szyslak from The Simpsons as well as being an accomplished author, having released three books: Magnificent Bastards, Otis Lee Crenshaw: I Blame Society and Things Snowball, all released by Abacus Books, as well as penning articles for The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Hall has also released two very successful stand-up DVD’s in 2001 and 2009 through Universal Pictures UK.

Suzi Ruffell

The working-class comedian of her generation, Suzi Ruffell has had five sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival racking up critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike.In 2018 Ruffell recorded and released her show Keeping It Classy for Live From The BBC, with a clip gaining over 32 million views on Facebook.Suzi is best known for her appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, The Jonathan Ross Show, Roast Battle, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, Hypothetical, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Comedy Bus, Stand Up Central, Harry Hill’s ClubNite and Suzi Ruffell Live From The Comedy Store.A regular on BBC Radio 4 shows including The News Quiz and The Now Show, Ruffell also co-hosts the hit podcast Like Minded Friends with Tom Allen. 2020 sees Suzi hosting a brand-new radio show on BBC Radio 2 called Explicable Me as well as launching her own podcast series, OUT with Suzi Ruffell, which celebrates the lives of LGBT+ people and ‘coming out’ through interviews with star studded guests.Suzi is due to continue her UK tour of Dance Like Everyone’s Watching which was in the top ten best reviewed shows of the Edinburgh Festival in 2019.

Thomas Green – MC

Beginning his career by selling out his 2012 debut solo at the Adelaide Fringe, followed up by a Best Emerging Comedy nomination, it’s safe to safe Thomas Green has only gone from strength to strength on the international comedy circuit.It has seen him selling out shows at the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe. His knack for crowd-work and improvisation has seen him become a highly regarded MC gaining him a Best MC Award nomination in 2018.Thomas’s engaging story telling, electric stage presence and hilarious characterisations has him being regularly sought after at high profile clubs such as: The Comedy Store, The Glee, Hot Water Comedy, Off The Kerb, Just The Tonic, Top Secret Comedy, Komedia, Punch Drunk & The Frog and Bucket.His effervescent charisma has seen him grace the comedy stages of some of the UK’s favourite music festivals including: Download, Wilderness, Y-Not and Tramlines Fest.At the start of 2020, Thomas worked as tour support for Jason Manford and during the covid pandemic helped launch the start of Garden Gigs UK.

Doors/Bar: 7pm | show starts: 8pm

Please note: this show may not be suitable for children.

Booking correct at time of publication, however, due to the ongoing Covid situation, changes may occur. Refunds will be available.

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