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Beast Hunter

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019 4:15pm

An acclaimed American comedian is set to visit Cork as part of his brand new Irish tour.

Based in London, Reginald D Hunter is no stranger to the Emerald Isle. He has performed extensively here over the past twenty years, and often found inspiration in the cultural contrasts he has found here.

His new show ‘Facing the Beast’ comments on social media hypocrisy, politics, and life lessons. “I’m hitting the 50 year mark. Earlier this year my father turned 100. This show is kind-of like, looking back at some of the things I have said that I can admit I got completely wrong, and one or two things that I’m dead right about. It’s a show about evolving adulthood,” said Reginald.

Originally from the state of Georgia in the US, Reginald’s slow southern drawl gives his friendly demeanour an added relaxedness.

When asked about his regular appearances here, Reginald remarked: “My dad said to me: ‘You seem to go to Ireland a lot?’ And I said: ‘They’re like white people, with none of the entitlement. The most unassuming white people I have ever met.’

“I find that the further you get from London in this time zone, the easier it is to talk to people without somebody getting mad enough to write a letter.”

Reginald has appeared on television shows such as 'Have I Got News for You', '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown', 'Would I Lie To You', and 'QI'. He also hosted the BBC2 series 'Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South' and its successful follow up 'Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the Border'. Both documented the growth of American popular song. He has also performed on Live at the Apollo for BBC1.

Speaking about his approach to comedy, Reginal said: “I try to bring, not just laughter, but involuntary laughter, introspective laughter, and I try to bring pathos, and constant relentless pressure.”

Reginald D Hunter will perform in the Everyman Theatre on Monday 28 October. Tickets are €28, and available from everymancork.com

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