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Here comes the redneck jailbird from Tennessee

PUBLISHED: 14:12 04 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:06 11 August 2010

Rich Hall

Rich Hall

Star of BBC s Rich Hall s Cattle Drive and Rich Hall s Fishing Show, the Edinburgh fringe favourite and Perrier Award winner returns with his alto ego the redneck , jailbird character, Otis Lee Crenshaw. Rich Hall & Otis Lee Crenshaw comes to the Palace

Star of BBC's Rich Hall's Cattle Drive and Rich Hall's Fishing Show, the Edinburgh fringe favourite and Perrier Award winner returns with his alto ego the redneck , jailbird character, Otis Lee Crenshaw.

Rich Hall & Otis Lee Crenshaw comes to the Palace on Thursday, March 6, with a string of rave reviews.

Rich will perform in his usual style as the grouchy, deadpan comic genius, and for the first time since 2002, Otis will be let out of jail for the second half of the show

Looking like a Pearl Jam roadie, Rich is a master of absurdist irony - he particularly likes to lay into Americans and life across the Pond at every opportunity.

As Rich Hall the stand-up, he has visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival several times, and performed at the major comedy clubs in Britain and across the world.

He is well known in the United States for appearing and writing on The David Letterman Show - for which he won an Emmy Award.

In 1998, Rich Hall created the character Otis Lee Crenshaw, a redneck jailbird from Tennessee, who has been married seven times, all to women named Brenda.

A singer-songwriter, Otis writes bourbon-soaked, Tom Waitsian tunes and blends this with audience banter, producing a perfect fusion of music and comedy.

Since then, Otis Lee Crenshaw has been charming sell-out audiences each year at the Edinburgh Festival, throughout the UK (on tour), at several festivals in Australia including Adelaide and Melbourne and at London's famous Comedy Store. At the Edinburgh Festival 2000, 'Rich Hall is Otis Lee Crenshaw' won the highly prestigious Perrier Award. Rich is also a regular contributor to BBC2 panel show QI, hosted by Stephen Fry.

Rich Hall has also written two books; Otis Lee Crenshaw: I Blame Society and Things Snowball, both published my Abacus Books.

Rich Hall & Otis Lee Crenshaw is at The Palace, Southend, on Thursday March, 6. Tickets from the box office on 01702 351135.

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