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'Don't panic' is Reginald's key to cracking stand-up
PERHAPS surprisingly, American comedian Reginald D Hunter was once a theatre student at RADA, moving to the UK from his native Georgia to attend the prestigious school when he was 27.
But when he was dared to have a go at stand-up, he found he liked it and turned his attention to comedy instead.
Now, he entertains audiences across the world.
From tomorrow he is back on tour and his first stop is Salisbury City Hall, where he will launch his new show In The Midst Of Crackers.
He says the secret to success is not to panic when the audience aren’t in hysterics.
“Audiences are very different,” he said.
“The first rule of stand-up is, no matter how you are feeling, you are there to be laughed at – and that’s what you have to remember.
“I always find it weird making people laugh when you’re not feeling funny. I love stand-up but after a time you need to sit down – but it’s great way to get things off your mind. At the moment, I feel pretty funny but I’m scared I might lose it again.”
“If I’m on stage and the audience are not laughing at my jokes, I try not to panic because if they are sitting still and not leaving, then you’re doing ok.”
Hunter, who has made appearances on television shows including Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You?, QI, and Have I got News for You, said he is “genuinely excited”
about performing in Salisbury.
“The tour covers many different factors, some of which I’ve been told are social and political, and it’s supposed to be interesting and funny – connecting to the world,” he said.
“It’s important the audience become part of the show and enjoy themselves. I never like to give too much away about the show. Sometimes performing can be a slog but I’m genuinely excited about coming to Salisbury.”
Hunter is releasing the DVD of his latest tour in November.
Tickets for tomorrow’s show cost £23 or £21. To book, contact the City Hall on 01722 434434.
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