Stephen Hall (actor)

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Stephen Hall
Born (1969-05-17) 17 May 1969 (age 49)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active1987–

Stephen Hall (born 17 May 1969, Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian actor, writer and producer.

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Hall's career in television includes acting, writing and production duties. He has appeared in the long-running television series Neighbours, and in 2008 he performed the role of Warren in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) television comedy series The Hollowmen [1]

He has also appeared in telemovies, including The King (2007), playing the role of Bert Newton.

As a producer, he worked on the Australian version of the game show Deal or No Deal.

As a TV writer he has worked on many Australian comedy and light entertainment TV productions, such as BackBerner, Big Bite, Full Frontal, and Spicks and Specks. He was a writer on the third series of the weekly satirical comedy programme Newstopia, broadcast on SBS in 2008.[2] From 2009 to 2012, Hall served as head writer on the comedy game show Talkin' 'bout Your Generation.[3] In 2013, he wrote for ABC-TV's weekly satirical comedy show Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, and Adam Hills Tonight series 2, of which he was also the Studio Producer.

As of 2014, Hall is a regular cast member on Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell,[4] with popular characters including the political spokesman Darius Horsham.[5]

Film[edit]

Hall's movie career includes appearances in Romper Stomper, The Wog Boy and Now Add Honey.

Theatre[edit]

Hall starred in the original Australian professional production of Monty Python's Spamalot in 2007, playing the roles of Lancelot, The French Taunter, Tim The Enchanter and The Head Knight of "Ni".[6]

In 2011, Hall co-wrote (with Michael Ward) the comedy stage show Bond-A-Rama! Every James Bond Film Live On Stage,[7] in which he played the roles of Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. The show was a sell out, prompting a second season in 2012.[8]

In 2013, Hall wrote, produced and performed in the one man stage show Raiders of the Temple of Doom's Last Crusade; One Man Performs Three Indiana Jones Movies in One Hour, for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.[9] The show was then revived for a successful season in the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.[10]

In March 2016, John Cleese cast Hall as Basil Fawlty in Cleese's own stage adaptation of his TV series 'Fawlty Towers'.[11] 'Fawlty Towers Live' opened in Sydney at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in August 2016, and toured Australia, running for 157 performances before finishing in Brisbane on January 22, 2017. The show received favourable reviews in each city it played in.[12][13][14][15]

iPhone app[edit]

In 2014, Hall branched out to co-create the iPhone app Step-By-Step-Story.[16]

Described as "a two-player, turn-based creative writing game", the app is a twist on the classic 'Chain Story' or 'Tandem Story' idea, where two friends write a story together, one paragraph at a time.

Quiz show champion[edit]

In August 2005, Hall won seven nights on the quiz show Temptation, becoming the program's second Grand Champion, and the second largest quiz or game show winner in Australian television history (at that time).[17] The following year, he won the title of "Australia's Brainiest Quiz Master" on the Australian TV program of the same name and appeared as part of The Brains Trust on The Einstein Factor.[18] Since 2013, he has run the blog www.howtowingameshows.com, which aims to provide tips and hints for winning game shows.

Author[edit]

In September 2015, Hall released his first eBook 'How To Win Game Shows', which is a 200+ page compilation of winning tips, hints and techniques plus interviews with game show champions, hosts, producers and question writers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Warren: Departmental Under-Secretary" in "Who's Who" at The Hollowmen Official Website. ABC1. ABC TV, 2008. Web. 29 January 2009.
  2. ^ David Knox, "NEWStopia Back to Bite". TV.com. CBS Interactive, 30 September 2008. Web. 29 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (2009– ) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  4. ^ "Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell". ABC Television. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  5. ^ "Stephen Hall, man of many talents". Shaun Micallef Online!. 2015-03-15. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  6. ^ "Casting Announced for Australian Production of Spamalot". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  7. ^ "Review - Bond-A-Rama Chapel off Chapel". Heralsdun.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  8. ^ Wray, Tyson. "Bond-A-Rama Returns To Chapel Off Chapel". Beat. Retrieved 2015-03-20.
  9. ^ [1] Archived 5 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ [2] Archived 1 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/stage/john-cleese-to-debut-fawlty-towers-live-in-australia-because-brits-dont-like-him-20160321-gnng1l.html
  12. ^ "Theatre Review: Fawlty Towers Live delivers a nostalgic and hilarious production to Sydney for its world premiere – Arts on the AU". Arts on the AU review. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  13. ^ Parris, Simon (2016-09-23). "Fawlty Towers Live review". Simon Parris: Man in Chair. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  14. ^ "'Adelaide Now' review".
  15. ^ Thompson, Kylie. "Fawlty Towers Live @ QPAC Review". scenestr.com.au. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  16. ^ Stephen Hall (7 March 2014). "StepByStepStory". App Store. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  17. ^ "Channel nine - Temptation". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 28 February 2006. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  18. ^ "Einstein Factor: Stephen Hall". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2015-07-10.

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