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Hal Branson is a colourful character. With his big blue eyes, luxurious orange beard and pasty white skin he is the personification of the oranje-blanje-bleu flag, which everyone knows was the flag used during the 16th Century Dutch revolt. Anyway, like the Dutch, Hal’s fondness of Mary Jane has taken him on cosmic journeys to some of the many corners of the earth. The result is his new Edinburgh Fringe show, Mbolo, a set of anecdotes unlikely to be found in many comic’s routines unless they too have built schools in Uganda, which he’ll be bringing to Newcastle Castle on Saturday 16th June,  The Stand in Newcastle (a work in progress show) on Sunday 24th June and at Jesterval comedy festival at Live Theatre, Newcastle on Monday 23rd July

As a member of comedy trio Hot Gulp, Hal went viral (in a good way) back in 2014 with their brilliant piss extraction of the Sainsbury’s Chrimbo ad, and since launching his solo stand-up career has gone from strength to strength. As a fellow Hexhamite (via Hammersmith, now Heaton, Hal insists on only dwelling in places that share the same first letter of his name), it is great to see someone coming from the (affluent market town) ghetto and hitting the big time. And Hal will certainly be doing that in the very near future as a kind of Galifianakis-Jupp-Louis (C.K., without the sexual misconduct allegations) mash-up super-comedian.  Mark my words.

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