FOR someone who performed stand-up for the first time as a dare, Reginald D Hunter has done pretty well for himself.
Then aged 27, Hunter received £10 for that gig. It is fair to assume he’ll be getting paid a damn sight more when he comes to the Grand Theatre for one-night only.
That gig, on Sunday, June 16, continues an impressive run of funnyman bookings for the Grand, who have Bill Bailey and Milton Jones lined up for later in the year.
Hunter is another A-list comic, nominated for the Perrier Award in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Edinburgh Festivals (one of the few performers to be nominated for the highly coveted main Perrier award in three consecutive years) and won the Writers’ Guild Award for Comedy in 2006 for his show Pride and Prejudice.
Born in America, Hunter is a classically trained theatre performer who gave up acting for comedy after travelling to London and having a bash at stand up.
He has lived in England since but his early life, growing up in the USA’s Deep South, in Georgia, influences his work and sharply contrasts with his life as an American black man in England.
Global politics, the cultural variances from both sides of the pond, sex and relationships all provide fodder for his muse. His style is honest, his material is controversial, and his delivery… well it’s unique.
In November 2011, Hunter released his first DVD ‘Live’, recorded at two sell-out shows from London’s iconic Hammersmith Apollo earlier that year. He supported that release with a wildly successful tour, playing to sold out audiences throughout the UK, that was extended with an encore tour in early 2012.
Hunter, 43, has been a consistent presence in British television with regular appearances on Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, QI, It’s Only A Theory and 8 Out of 10 Cats, as well as being a guest on The Graham Norton Show.
He will bring his new stand-up show ‘Reginald D Hunter - In The Midst Of Crackers’ to the Grand.
All seats are £21 and available at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or from the box office on 01253 743339.
Other comedians booked in at the Grand this year include Roy Chubby Brown (March 30 and May 5), Ken Dodd (April 14 and throughout October) and Joe Pasquale (August 11).