Matthew Cook - a writer in East London who never tires of the new and crazy events that spring up in London.
The drums beat, strings vibrate notes of tension, symbols reverberate through the filled expectant space, through strobe-lighted smoke in walks the man of the hour, the troubadour of comedy, Rich Hall. This is how I imagine Rich Hall's Hoedown musically enhanced comedy production to commence on July 5th, and if it doesn't I shall write a stiff letter.
Many people are familiar with Rich Hall from testing Stephen Fry's nerve on popular quiz show QI, this is also my starting point with grumpy Rich. There are two things you must know about Rich Hall. 1. As I've said he is grumpy. 2. He is an American. These two aspects create perspectives upon our English culture that sometimes border on genius.
Resting amongst my pessimistic opinion of the current state of our British main stream comedy landscape, this grumpy Yank pops up his head, injecting a much needed comedy shot into the snuffly condition of the United Kingdom of laugh land. The Soho Theatre will host Music, laughs and various comedy acts combining to make a hootenanny, or a shindig... No it's a Hoedown.
In my mind Rick Hall is up there with Sean Lock as the high points of comedic entertainment today. Plus Mr Hall is a dab hand at doing the weather when he's called upon. This variety of comedy and music is squeezing in at a reasonable £12 - £15, but if you're feeling saucy and you want to throw round the Benjamins then a reserved table of up to £90 will scratch the itch of premium fun. So catch Rich Hall at the Soho Theatre from July 5th, but just a quick heads up - he likes to talk to the audience.