Rich Hall, a “comedic maverick with a laser eye for detail,” according to Lewis Black, will visit Elk River Books to discuss his new memoir, Nailing It: Tales from the Comedy Frontier, on Thursday, Aug. 4. A signing and reception will follow.
Hall is a multi-award-winning comedian, musician and author. He wrote for David Letterman and appeared frequently as a guest. He was also a cast member and writer for “Saturday Night Live,” “Fridays” and “Not Necessarily The News.” In 1998, he created his alter-ego Otis Lee Crenshaw, a redneck jailbird from Tennessee, which won him a Perrier Award at Edinburgh in 2000. He moved to the UK in 2001, and has been touring the country and appearing on numerous British TV shows since. He has also written and presented ten highly acclaimed documentaries for BBC Four, including “How the West Was Lost” and “Countrier Than You.” He lives with his wife, Karen, alternating between homes in West London and Livingston, Montana.
Nailing It, Hall’s fourth book, is a collection of true stories from his professional and personal life, of hilarious and often absurd epiphanies. According to the publisher, “They’re not about glitz, or fame, or how he met his seventh wife at the rehab clinic and found spiritual direction. None of that happened to him.
“They’re about accidentally melting Kraft cheese at his first Edinburgh Fringe Festival, alienating an entire convention of RV holiday-makers in Las Vegas, and singing The Who’s ‘You Better You Bet’ at a charity gig—turning his performance into a legendary rock ‘n’ roll disaster.”
Carl Hiaasen notes, “It’s rare for comedians to be as funny on paper as they are on stage, but Rich Hall nails it.”
The free event will take place at 7 p.m. at Elk River Books, 122 S. 2nd St. in Livingston.