A night in the life of Hal Cruttenden, ultimate club comedian
Sorry to break it to you, but when you see a comic onstage on a Friday or Saturday night, you won't be their only audience that evening. They'll have another one around the corner, juiced and ready to go.
If you ever hear a comedian say they're "doing a Cruttenden", they're referring to fantastic stand-up Hal Cruttenden, and it means they're dashing around town cramming in as many paid slots as possible. Earning their keep. And nobody gigs harder than Hal.
So, on a nippy Saturday night in early March, London is Funny editor Paul Fleckney joined Hal to see what the reality was of being a professional comic on the circuit. In the course of the evening, Hal notched up four gigs. He also spoke candidly about life as a gigging comic and displayed a love/hate relationship with the circuit that has been his breadwinner for more than 10 years. And with a DVD deal and a big Edinburgh push coming up, it's a circuit he may soon be leaving behind.
Doffed caps and back pats all round for photographer Alex Brenner