The bald barber cuts it in comedy

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FORMER hairdresser turned bald comedian Craig Hill will aim to be a cut above the rest this Saturday as he performs at Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre.

The well-known funnyman from East Kilbride first took to the stage at the age of just 10 when he won a talent contest by impersonating jazz singer Cleo Laine.

He went on to enter dance contests, write songs, sing with local bands – and eventually train as a hairdresser.

In 1991, Craig moved to Edinburgh to study drama at Queen Margaret College, and after he graduated, he worked in theatre and pantomime.

His first comedy slot came in 1998, when, after reading out The Sunday Post letters page to amuse a bunch of his friends, one of them booked Craig his first gig without his knowledge.

Despite the overwhelming fear, Craig gave his first stand-up performance and began his career in comedy.

A year later followed his Edinburgh Fringe comedy debut, as part of Scottish triple bill Three Weird Beards at the Gilded Balloon and he performed his first solo show, Craig Hill’s Alive with the Sound of Music, the following year.

He has been a regular performer at the fringe ever since, and appeared at the 2003 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

In 2002, he recorded his first series for BBC Radio Scotland, Craig Hill’s Passionate Encounter, a quirky look at people and their passionate hobbies.

He went on to front the BBC radio comedy quiz, Famous For Five Minutes.

From 2002 to 2003 Craig featured in all episodes of series one and two of BBC Scotland’s Friday night comedy variety programme, Live Floor Show.

Among those to appear alongside Craig on the 
successful show were host Dara O’Briain, fellow regular performers Al Murray and Frankie Boyle, and guests Bill Bailey and Jo Brand.

This led to stints on the BBC’s coverage of T In The Park where he interviewed such acts as Pink, Alison Goldfrapp, the Scissor Sisters and the Darkness.

He later hosted Friday night comedy chat show Craig Hill’s Out Tonight, which was also a what’s on guide to the best of Scottish entertainment.

Craig and his array of colourful kilts have travelled across Scotland and further afield to international festivals in Montreal, New York, Madrid and Paris.

And this year has seen Craig host a Burns Night in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore for ex-pats, while he also featured at the Sydney Comedy Festival in April and Cape Town Comedy Festival in South Africa in June.

Tickets for Saturday’s show, which starts at 8pm, are priced at £14 (£12 concessions) – phone 01721 725777 for further details.