Reginald D. Hunter

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Reginald D. Hunter
Reginald D Hunter July 2006.jpg
Hunter in 2006
Birth nameReginald Darnell Hunter
Born (1969-03-26) March 26, 1969 (age 53)
Albany, Georgia, United States
Medium
NationalityAmerican
Years active1992–present
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Subject(s)
Websitereginalddhunter.co.uk

Reginald Darnell Hunter (born March 26, 1969)[1][2] is an American stand-up comedian based in the United Kingdom.

Early life and family[edit]

Hunter was born in Albany, Georgia, the youngest of nine.[2] He undertook an acting internship in Jackson, Mississippi, at age 20.[3] His mother died in 2004.[4]

Whilst appearing as a guest on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast in 2018, Hunter revealed that he has a daughter, then aged 16, whom he had met for the first time in 2016.[5]

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Having initially travelled to the UK at the age of 27 as a summer student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,[6] Hunter became a comedian after performing his first comedy set as a dare, for which he received £100. Realising that he enjoyed performing comedy, and that it might be profitable, he turned his attention from acting to stand-up.[5]

In 2006 and 2008, he participated in Project X Presents events.[citation needed] In 2013 he toured Ireland with his show In the Midst of Crackers.[7]

Hunter often uses variations of the term "nigga" in the titles of his shows. Reginald D Hunter: Pride & Prejudice... & Niggas attracted some controversy, and the poster was banned from the London Underground.[8] His tour with Steve Hughes, called Trophy Nigga, played 55 venues around the UK, but not all the venues used the tour title. Hunter joked that this was because promoters didn't like the word "trophy".[citation needed]

In April 2013, Hunter performed at an engagement for the Professional Footballers' Association. Following the event, PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle accused Hunter of racism, as he had used the word "nigger" during his set. Carlisle also said that some of those present had found Hunter's material "highly offensive". In response, Hunter posted to his Facebook page many photos of himself taken after his set with people attending the event, with most smiling.[9][10]

Awards[edit]

Hunter was nominated for the Perrier Award in the 2003 and 2004 Edinburgh Festivals.[11]

He won the Writers' Guild Award for Comedy in 2006 for his show Pride & Prejudice... & Niggas.[12]

Television[edit]

Hunter made his TV debut on Channel 4's The 11 O'Clock Show in 1998.

TV subsequent credits include:

2004

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2018

Radio[edit]

Hunter is one of the hosts of the E4 Laughs at Edinburgh podcast, showcasing the best comedy talent from the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[citation needed] He has had numerous appearances on the BBC Radio 4 comedy show The Unbelievable Truth.[14][15] He also appeared on Midweek (BBC Radio 4) on November 15, 2011.

Stand-up DVDs[edit]

  • Live (November 14, 2011)
  • Live: In the Midst of Crackers (November 18, 2013)

Stand-up tours[edit]

  • A Mystery Wrapped in a Nigga
  • Pride and Prejudice... and Niggas
  • Sometimes even the Devil Tells The Truth
  • Trophy Nigga
  • In the Midst of Crackers
  • Some People vs Reginald D. Hunter (2017/18)
  • Bombe Shuffleur (2022)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vol. 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ a b Maxwell, Dominic (March 10, 2007). "The N-word is out". The Times (Times Newspapers).
  3. ^ "Reginald D Hunter interview: 'No matter how clear I am, people". Independent.co.uk. November 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "Black Comedy". October 6, 2004.
  5. ^ a b Herring, Richard (January 4, 2018). "Reginald D Hunter". Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. Episode 160. YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  6. ^ Reginald D Hunter: ‘The British really reward cleverness’
  7. ^ "Reg D Hunter promises crackin’ show", Cork Independent, April 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Offensive' poster banned on Tube". BBC News. November 14, 2006. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "PFA's Carlisle says hiring comedian Hunter 'huge mistake'". BBC Sport. April 29, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "Reginald D Hunter, The Horrible Aftermath". Facebook. April 28, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  11. ^ "Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2011 - past winners". Comedyawards.co.uk. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Parkin, Simon (June 1, 2017). "Reginald D Hunter on Trump, OJ, Putin and why he loves the UK". Norwich Evening News. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Reginald D Hunter's Songs of the South", BBC 2.
  14. ^ Episode 1, series 4. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  15. ^ Episode 4, series 4. Retrieved February 22, 2015.

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