Hal’s big breakthrough in stand up came with his nomination for the Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival for his solo show ‘Hal’, followed by a highly successful run the following year of his second show, ‘To Hal and Back’, which was also performed at the Soho Theatre in London at the end of 2003. At the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, he performed sketches with ‘The Monkey Butlers’ to sell out crowds at the Underbelly Venue and in 2008 a brand new comedy offering “Climb Every Molehill” at The Assembly Rooms. He is a regular performer at all the top UK clubs, including the Comedy Store and Highlight, and has supported Ardal O’Hanlon and Omid Djalili on nationwide tours and through 2009 played to over 125,000 people supporting Rob Brydon.
Internationally, Hal received rave reviews at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2004 and at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in 2005. He has done shows throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland, and even further afield in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jakarta, Canada, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, where he appeared at the Jubilee Hall in the world famous Raffles Hotel. He performed at the opening of the first comedy venue in Bali and has performed for the Armed Forces in the Falkland Islands and Cyprus. In 2008 he made his second appearance at The Montreal Comedy Festival including a televised gala for CBC and in the Autumn he toured major venues in Canada as part of the Just For Laughs tour.
Hal has released his first comedy CD “Angry But Not Sure Why” on the Laughing Stock label.
Daily Mirror said "Go and see Hal Cruttenden, he's got something to say and he'll make you laugh; a lot"
The Times said "Hugely talented"