Unveiled: the host of the Lux Awards 2019

TOP comedian Hal Cruttenden is to be the host of the Lux Awards 2019, the organisers have announced.

Flashback: Hal comperes the first Lux Awards at Chelsea Football Club in 2011. Pic: David Thrower 

The award-winning comedian – star of BBC shows Live at the ApolloHave I Got News For You and Great British Bake Off - Extra Slice – will compere the prestigious awards presentations evening on Thursday 14 November at the glamorous London Hilton on Park Lane.

‘We’ve been trying to get Hal back for a few years now but the dates often clashed with his many tours and TV commitments,’ said a spokesman for the Lux Awards.

‘He was a huge hit on the very first Lux Awards at Chelsea Football Club in 2011 and people kept asking us ‘can you get Hal back again?’. So we’re delighted that Hal will bring back his unique brand of humour to the lighting industry’s biggest night out.’

Hal has also appeared on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock the Week and The Apprentice: You’re Fired. He has released two comedy DVDs, Tough Luvvie (Universal) and Straight Outta Cruttenden (Amazon Prime and NextUpComedy.com).

He has toured the country extensively and, in the last two years, has also taken shows to the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the New Zealand Comedy Festival.

Hal has completed four nationwide tours in the last few years: Straight Outta Cruttenden (2015/16), Tough Luvvie (2013/14), The Tiny Rage Tour (2011) and  Lively (2010). He is also a three time Chortle Award nominee and was nominated for the Perrier Newcomer Award back in 2002. 

Having originally trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Hal’s acting career includes roles on TV and film in Shackleton; Eastenders; Kavanagh QC; Out of the Blue; Touching Evil and Bramwell. He also appeared in the movie Mrs Dalloway. Theatre work includes Making News at the Edinburgh Festival and Orwell A Celebration at Trafalgar Studios, London and the Edinburgh Festival.

As well as his performances at Melbourne and the New Zealand Comedy Festival, Hal has appeared at Montreal’s Just For Laughs’ Festival three times and travelled all across Canada on their Just For Laughs Comedy tours. He has performed on two Just For Laughs Galas hosted by Joan Rivers (2008) and Howie Mandel (2012).

Other international appearances include Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival in Ireland and tours to India, Bermuda, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. For the British Armed Forces he has played gigs in the Falkland Islands, Cyprus and Germany.

You can see a full list of this year's Lux Awards nominations HERE.

 

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