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|On Russell Howard's Good News|
Steve Hall joined the stand-up circuit in 2002, where he made the final of the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award. The following year, he was runner-up in the BBC New Comedy Awards.
As well as performing his own stand-up, Hall is also part of the knockabout sketch group We Are Klang alongside Greg Davies and Marek Larwood, who were nominated for the 2006 if.comedy award for their third Edinburgh show.
However, Hall did not make his own solo Edinburgh debut until 2008, with the show Vice Captain Loser.
Steve Hall: Very Still Life
Comedy works by exaggerating the trivial – just how many Edinburgh shows are based on an incident in a stand-up’s life, blown up to provide supposedly great insight into the state of this world.
Well, Steve Hall’s gone the other way, and downplayed what’s been a huge part of his life – the bureaucratic problems that kept him and his Australian wife apart for eight months, merely because he didn’t submit the correct amount of paperwork to secure her visa. ‘I know this is in danger of being a very middle-class whinge,’ he says at the start of the show – and at the end adds: ‘This is a small thing, but to me it’s big.’
It epitomises Hall’s unfussy, almost Dogme-like, approach to stand-up – to keep steadfastly to the truth, and use no special effects to tell his tales. It makes for a subdued hour, and although there’s wit and modest charm here, there is absolutely no danger of socks being blown off.
He admits that despite a Catholic-Jewish background made up of Scottish, Irish and Ukrainian genes, he has the typical reserve of the English lower-middle-class, socially awkward and not good with confrontation. Or in his own, typically mild, words, he’s ‘too much of a wally’.
The one time he did stand up for himself – knowing that he could do so safely on an Australian railway platform – is regaled here, though it naturally ends in humiliation. Elsewhere there are tales of his long-distance relationship, of encroaching middle age, and of his ‘wonderfully mental dad’ – which must be a common trait of former We Are Klang members, given Greg Davies’s storming show on his mad father.
Often it’s Hall’s wife or surprisingly homophobic dad who comes up with the best lines, either by accident or design, and Hall comes across as a second-hand reporter of funny comments; although his comedy editor is well-tuned, and he only serves up the best of what he hears.
The show loses its way a bit in the final quarter, not particularly helped by his low-key delivery, but there’s a good few chuckles on the way. And he is giving the world the below-the-belt slang phrase ‘squid beak’, and for that we should be grateful.
|Date of live review: Thursday 11th Aug, '11|
Review by Steve Bennett
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I just saw this guy at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow supporting Russell Howard. I can't remember seeing a more pathetic act. He just has no talent for comedy. Time to look for a new career.
I, too, saw Steve as the support to Russell Howard. Bloody great. His act was solid but has much scope to develop.
Saw Steve as a support act at the Russell Howard gig. Very amusing for the 15 minutes he was on, i think he will keep growing and getting better.
I know this guy, good comedy action. You have a very strange picture.
Erudite and passionate about comedy, he is as likely to be downright silly as bitingly satirical. Always funny though.
A great comedian. Obviously a real worker as his act has improved enormously in the few times I have seen him over the last two years or so. And it was fabulous to begin with.
Brilliant brilliant comic; never seen him have a bad set. Superb.
Superb gags, delivered with great timing. Just keeps getting better. Always a pleasure working with him and watching him perform.
The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award Final
Edinburgh Fringe 2003
BBC Three New Comedy Awards - Grand Final
Three Men And A Giant
Edinburgh Fringe 2004
We Are Klang
Edinburgh Fringe 2005
We Are Klang: Yee-Haa Klang
Edinburgh Fringe 2006
We Are Klang: Klangbang
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
We Are Klang: DickParty - A Retrospective
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Steve Hall: Vice Captain Loser
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Steve Hall's Very Still LIfe