US comic looks ahead to Nottingham show

Comedian Reginald D Hunter
Comedian Reginald D Hunter

AMERICAN comedian Reginald D Hunter will be entertaining audiences at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall later this month.

Fans of the stand-up star will be able to catch the final lap of his 2011 tour - Sometimes Even The Devil Tells The Truth - at the venue on 24th September.

In just over a decade since he began performing, Reginald D Hunter has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known and most distinctive performers.

His work is often brutally honest, frequently controversial but always meticulously measured and thought out.

A regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2002, Reginald’s career has led to him being invited to perform in venues the world over in places such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and South Africa.

It may come as a surprise to anyone in the UK familiar with his Southern drawl and relaxed swagger, that audiences back in the nation of his birth consider him to be ‘too British’.

He discovered this recently when he returned to the US to play some gigs in Los Angeles at the kind of venues that aren’t printed in the comedy section of the city’s listings magazines.

“In America, people have a need to identify you quickly, work out what you are and what you represent. I have American friends who tell me that I’m now a British comic because of my manner and my sensibility. Yet my British fans point out how American I am. People hear what they want to hear, man,” he said.

For a decade now, British comedy fans have heard a lot from the powerhouse comic and have grown towards him.

Having decided that careers in the US as either a teacher or preacher were not his destiny, Hunter came over to the UK with a place at RADA in his back pocket. That project didn’t work out, but by then he had well and truly caught the stage-bug and decided to try a bit of stand-up in Birmingham and then onto London where the opportunities for aspiring comics were more plentiful and audiences seemed tuned in to Reg’s passion, intelligence and attitude-shaking.

He now has a career which has been laden with critical acclaim, with his first three Edinburgh Fringe shows receiving Perrier nominations, audience approval and street recognition - thanks to the TV work he’s done such as Have I Got News For You and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

And at long last he will be making his mark on the nation’s DVD shelves with the November release of his live filmed debut, shot over two nights in June at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

He will be supported by Steve Hughes, who is now widely regarded one of the most esteemed and exciting stand up comedians working on the UK and International circuit. For tickets to his Royal Concert Hall gig on 24th September, contact 0115 989 5555.