COMEDY: GIG OF THE WEEK

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Rich Hall Tomorrow, Thur & Fri

Rich Hall, the professionally grouchy American stand-up, is a known quantity. Less renowned is his alter ego, Otis Lee Crenshaw, a manacled man in an orange boiler-suit with the words "Tennessee Department of Corrections" stencilled on the back. He is marched on stage by prison guards and proceeds to croon spoof country & western songs about life in a state penitentiary. These include such unforgettable numbers as the tear-jerking "Tonight the Malt is Single and So Am I", and a heart-warming ballad about prison romance, "He Almost Looks Like You". He even has a musical rant about genetic engineering, "I Didn't Come From No Monkeys". This inspired comic creation shares the bill with Hall on his latest tour, "The Shame Spiral".

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (01203 524524) tomorrow; Tregonwell Hall, Bournemouth (01202 456456) Thur; Arts Centre, Norwich (01603 660352) Fri

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