Rich Hall's Hoedown is coming to the Forum in Barrow next month



Rich Hall and his Hoedown band begin their second leg of touring this autumn with their Hoedown show for 2017 and will perform at the Forum in Barrow.


Never has there been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between the two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever.

This Hoedown tour begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America and all of its twists and turns, but ends up in a celebration of Americana. There’s stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe.

Rich Hall’s Hoedown kicks off in September 2017 with over 40 dates announced so far across the UK and Ireland. 

“In every single show, there are always two or three moments where I’m thinking, ‘Wow, where did that come from?’ You’re constantly thinking on your feet.” said Rich.
 
One of the many unique features of Rich’s act is that he goes out of his way to find out about the town he is playing in and then improvises a song on stage about it. He goes the extra mile to tailor-make his material for that particular venue. “I try to tap into what is happening locally and address that musically by writing an improvised song based on the town I’m in.”
 
Audiences really appreciate this bespoke comedy. “Once they realise you're not just trotting out your regular act, people think, ‘He’s made a real effort. He’s on our side, so we're on his side.” Then you can take them anywhere.
 
"I like to do something custom-made every night, otherwise you would just be like a robot. That can really wear you down. Nobody gets more sick of hearing their own voice than a comedian.”
 
Rich, who was also enjoyed huge success as his country and western musician alter ego, Otis Lee Crenshaw, carries on that, “When you're improvising a song, you think, 'I may never do this on again, but it’s a special moment for everyone here’.
 
"You want to reach the point where audiences say, ‘I’d like to see that guy again’. You want to deliver the goods and be Old Reliable.”
 
The stand-up is one of only a handful of performers who can genuinely combine comedy and music in one act.
 
He says that, “I will have such a great collection of musicians on stage for the Hoedown. Having a band there makes it a much richer experience – if you’ll pardon the phrase!”

The stand-up's other trademark is anger, and he is capable of using that to very effective comic ends. Rich comments that, “It is always good to articulate anger.
 
"If you don’t, you’re merely preaching to the converted and asking, ‘Have you ever noticed?’ Yes, we are paying you to notice things we haven’t already noticed!”

Rich Hall and his Hoedown band will be appearing at the Forum in Barrow on Friday 22 September.

Tickets are £17 and on sale now.

Call the box office on 01229 820000 or visit: http://www.theforumbarrow.co.uk/events/rich-halls-hoedown


 

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