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Julian Hall

Julian Hall is the comedy critic for The Independent, a role he has held since 2003. Previously, he spent two years writing for, and eventually editing, the paper's "Pandora" gossip column. As comedy critic he has reviewed most of the major figures in comedy (including Eddie Izzard, Ricky Gervais and Chris Rock) either at the Edinburgh Festival or on national tours. Julian has been on the judging panel for the Chortle Comedy Awards three times and for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award twice. He was also a member of the judging panel for the if.comedy awards (formerly The Perrier Awards) in Edinburgh in 2007 and in 2008. Julian’s book, Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy' was published in October 2006.

Julian's online portfolio can be found on: jnhfreelancearchive.blogspot.com

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Ricky Gervais: Just a bloke in the pub

Posted by Julian Hall
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2009 at 06:27 pm

I can't exactly take credit for influencing Ricky Gervais' thought process but I did enjoy the symmetry of these quotes...

"Like the few extra pounds that Gervais carries around his waistline, this padding of the material makes him look the part - the part being that of the man down the pub who tells great stories. Mark Lamarr once said that there is no one funnier than the man down the pub because he feels no pressure. Gervais is that relaxed performer, who knows that his material may not be the most sophisticated but enjoys it, and enjoys watching others enjoy it.
My review of Ricky Gervais' stand up show 'Politics' at Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 13th April 2004

‘But the main reason I do stand-up is it’s the best chance across all mediums of being as funny as you are in a pub with your mates.’

Ricky Gervais to The Big Issue: Scotland as reported on Chortle.co.uk, June 2009