Reginald D Hunter: A struggle to bear with popular comic
Reginald D Hunter, Ulster Hall, Belfast
Anyone expecting the Reginald D Hunter of TV might have been disappointed by the American comedian’s Ulster Hall appearance on Saturday night.
The hilarious, drawling sage of QI, Have I Got News for You and 8 out of 10 Cats had been replaced by a sexist boor, working his way through a half-bottle of vodka during a scrappy, hour-long set.
To be fair, it wasn’t really Hunter’s night.
Sound problems dogged opening act Steve Hughes and further drama came courtesy of an inebriated fan in the front row.
The woman’s cackling interruptions seemed to knock Reg off course, and he spent some considerable time appealing to her to shut up before security stepped in — to the relief of all present.
When Reg got back into his stride, the material was decidedly hit-and-miss.
A bit about how the Irish “drink the way Americans eat” was funny, as was Hunter’s suggestion that Ireland is “where they make white people — it’s like white people’s Africa”.
The Deep South comic even managed a decent crack at the Belfast accent, but the big, closing gag — a play on the phrase ‘Bear with me,’ involving Hunter impersonating a bear — wouldn’t have been out of place at a first-timer’s open mic slot.