2009 was an extremely busy year for Hal which resulted in his critically acclaimed appearance on The Royal Variety Performance at the Blackpool Opera House, televised on ITV.
He spent much of the year supporting Rob Brydon on his sold out tour of the UK, which included a three week run at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End.
Unashamedly middle-class, hitting middle-age, a little bit rotund, a fair bit daft; he's the antidote to the laddish swagger and sardonic cool of those other rising stars.
'Certainly not your typical comedian - and this is where he wins hands down over most others. Instead of relying on tired, old cliches for his humour, he actively sets out to attack and dismantle them, thus opening up those obvious new ways of seeing the world. Immensely satisfying.' - The Stage
'He takes the personal, the surreal, the ridiculous and the political, and whizzes them into a delicious comedy smoothie that's sweet with a hint of sharpness. And it's really good for you' - The Scotsman