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About Otis Lee Crenshaw

Rich Hall, the grouchy, deadpan comic quit his job as a hurricane namer for the US Meteorological Service eighteen years ago and hasn't looked back. He has appeared on and written for Saturday Night Live and Letterman (for which he won an Emmy).

Looking like a Pearl Jam roadie, Rich is a master of absurdist irony while eschewing the human condition with particular interest in the American lifestyle. As Rich Hall the stand-up, he has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival several times and performed at major comedy clubs around the world.

In 1998, Rich created the character Otis Lee Crenshaw, a redneck jailbird from Tennessee who has been married seven times; all to women named Brenda. A singer/songwriter, Otis writes bourbon-soaked, Tom Waitsian tunes and blends this with audience banter producing a perfect fusion of music and comedy.

Since 1998, Otis Lee Crenshaw has been charming sold-out audiences each year at the Edinburgh Festival, on tour throughout the U.K., at several... Read More »
Rich Hall, the grouchy, deadpan comic quit his job as a hurricane namer for the US Meteorological Service eighteen years ago and hasn't looked back. He has appeared on and written for Saturday Night Live and Letterman (for which he won an Emmy).

Looking like a Pearl Jam roadie, Rich is a master of absurdist irony while eschewing the human condition with particular interest in the American lifestyle. As Rich Hall the stand-up, he has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival several times and performed at major comedy clubs around the world.

In 1998, Rich created the character Otis Lee Crenshaw, a redneck jailbird from Tennessee who has been married seven times; all to women named Brenda. A singer/songwriter, Otis writes bourbon-soaked, Tom Waitsian tunes and blends this with audience banter producing a perfect fusion of music and comedy.

Since 1998, Otis Lee Crenshaw has been charming sold-out audiences each year at the Edinburgh Festival, on tour throughout the U.K., at several Festivals in Australia including Adelaide and Melbourne, as well as a run at The Sydney Opera House and at London's famous Comedy Store where he had a monthly slot for six months. At the 2000 Edinburgh Festival, "Rich Hall is Otis Lee Crenshaw" won the highly prestigious Perrier Award - the Oscars for comedy in Britain.