|Reginald D. Hunter|
Hunter in 2006
|Birth name||Reginald Darnell Hunter|
March 26, 1969 |
Albany, Georgia, United States
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. He received £100 for this. Realizing that he enjoyed performing comedy, and that it might be remunerative, Hunter turned his attention from acting to stand-up.
Hunter often uses variations of the term "nigger" in the titles of his shows; Reginald D Hunter: Pride & Prejudice... & Niggas attracted some controversy, and the poster was banned from the London Underground. Likewise his tour with Steve Hughes, called Trophy Nigga, played 55 venues around the UK, yet not all the venues used the tour title. He 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 Hunter had used the word "nigger" during his set. He 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:
Hunter is one of the hosts of the E4 laughs at Edinburgh podcasts, showcasing the best comedy talent from the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has also 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.