Gap Comedy started its new season of shows by hosting the veteran comedian Rich Hall at the end of October. There is no doubt that there is high demand to for quality comedy in Goring – the tickets for the show sold out within two hours of going on sale!

Rich Hall, originally from Montana, USA, and now living in London, has been a regular guest on BBC’s QI. He has also appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Live at the Apollo.

With his notoriously sour expression and grouchy demeanour Hall greeted the audience with a summary of his showbiz journey – which, after playing venues such Radio City and Hammersmith Apollo, he had hit the pinnacle……playing the famous Goring Village Hall!.  His delivery was razor-sharp and lived up to his initial assertion that, “You’ve paid for all of your seat, but you’ll only need the edge of it.”  

The first half of the show was stand-up at its best, racing through from one punchline to the next. His take, as a foreign observer, on the current state of British politics  as a conveyor belt of government ministers was hilarious, and he praised our relaxed attitude to it ,  “You Brits are very tolerant and actually have debates”;  contrasted with the American taciturn approach of just waving guns and posting your politics on “bumper stickers”. 

After an interval he returned with guitar slung over his shoulder and, in his trademark gravelly voice, delivered a series of self-penned topical comic songs – effortlessly managing to weave in references to Goring and surrounding villages. Hall’s formidable ability to banter with the audience and pick up laughs on the fly showed why he is one of the best comedians of his generation.