Reginald D. Hunter
|Reginald D. Hunter|
Hunter in 2006
|Birth name||Reginald Darnell Hunter|
March 26, 1969|
Albany, Georgia, United States
Reginald Darnell Hunter (born 26 March 1969) is an American stand-up comedian based in the United Kingdom.
Early life and family
Hunter was born in Albany, Georgia, the youngest of nine. He undertook an acting internship in Jackson, Mississippi at age 20. His mother died in 2004.
Whilst appearing as a guest on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, Hunter revealed that he has a 16-year-old daughter whom he met for the first time in 2016.
Having initially travelled to the UK at the age of 27 as a theatre student training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Hunter became a comedian after performing his first comedy set as a dare, for which he received £100. Realising that he enjoyed performing comedy, and that it might be profitable, he turned his attention from acting to stand-up.
In 2006 and 2008, he participated in Project X Presents events. In 2013 he toured Ireland with his show In the Midst of Crackers.
Hunter often uses variations of the term "nigga" in the titles of his shows; Reginald D Hunter: Pride & Prejudice... & Niggas attracted some controversy, and the poster was banned from the London Underground. His tour with Steve Hughes, called Trophy Nigga, played 55 venues around the UK, but not all the venues used the tour title. Hunter joked that this was because promoters didn't like the word "trophy".
In April 2013, Hunter performed at an engagement for the Professional Footballers' Association. Following the event, PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle accused Hunter of racism, as he had used the word "nigger" during his set. Carlisle also said that some of those present had found Hunter's material "highly offensive". In response, Hunter posted to his Facebook page many photos of himself taken after his set with people attending the event, with most smiling.
He won the Writers' Guild Award for Comedy in 2006 for his show Pride & Prejudice... & Niggas.
Hunter made his TV debut on Channel 4's The 11 O'Clock Show in 1998. TV subsequent credits include:
- Have I Got News for You (BBC One)
- Acting role in Man Down - 1 episode
- Reginald D Hunter's Songs of the Border (BBC Two)
Hunter is one of the hosts of the E4 Laughs at Edinburgh podcast, showcasing the best comedy talent from the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has had numerous appearances on the BBC Radio 4 comedy show The Unbelievable Truth. He also appeared on Midweek (BBC Radio 4) on 15 November 2011.
- Live (14 November 2011)
- Live: In the Midst of Crackers (18 November 2013)
- A Mystery Wrapped in a Nigga
- Pride and Prejudice... and Niggas
- Sometimes even the Devil Tells The Truth
- Trophy Nigga
- In the Midst of Crackers
- Some People vs Reginald D. Hunter (2017/18)
- U.S. Public Records Index, Vol. 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
- Maxwell, Dominic (10 March 2007). "The N-word is out". The Times (Times Newspapers).
- "Reginald D Hunter interview: 'No matter how clear I am, people". 22 November 2013.
- "Black Comedy". 6 October 2004.
- Herring, Richard (4 January 2018). "Reginald D Hunter". Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. Episode 160. YouTube. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
- "Reg D Hunter promises crackin’ show", Cork Independent, 4 April 2013.
- "Offensive' poster banned on Tube". BBC News. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
- "PFA's Carlisle says hiring comedian Hunter 'huge mistake'". BBC Sport. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "Reginald D Hunter, The Horrible Aftermath". Facebook. April 28, 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- "Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2011 - past winners". Comedyawards.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
- Parkin, Simon (1 June 2017). "Reginald D Hunter on Trump, OJ, Putin and why he loves the UK". Norwich Evening News. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
- "Reginald D Hunter's Songs of the South", BBC 2.
- Episode 1, series 4. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
- Episode 4, series 4. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- Official website
- "'Why should I be censored?'" London Evening Standard, 1 December 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2012
- Helen Lewis, "Reginald D Hunter: 'Old and middle-class people, if you scare them, they vote'", New Statesman, 23 June 2011, Retrieved 3 March 2012
- E4 Laughs at Edinburgh
- Reginald D. Hunter on IMDb