Hall's first professional work was as a writer and performer on the American sketch comedy TV series Fridays from 1980 until 1982. After the end of Fridays, Hall co-wrote and starred in the satirical comedy series Not Necessarily the News from 1983 until 1990 where he coined the term "sniglet" and collected and published several volumes of books of them. Matt Groening has described him as the inspiration for Moe Szyslak from The Simpsons. He was also a regular on Saturday Night Live for the show's tenth season (1984–1985), becoming the only Fridays cast member to be an SNL cast member (Larry David, while also a Fridays cast member who went on to work for SNL was hired as a writer and only appeared onscreen as an extra).
In 1986, Hall had his own Showtime channel special, Vanishing America, which was turned into a book with the same title. He hosted a talk show during The Comedy Channel's 1990–91 season, titled Rich Hall's Onion World.
In the United States, he has appeared several times on American talk shows such as Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Rich Hall (born 10 June 1954 in Alexandria, Virginia) is an American comedian and writer.
In 1998, Rich created the character Otis Lee Crenshaw, a redneck jailbird from Tennessee who has been married seven times; all to women named Brenda.
A singer/songwriter, Otis writes bourbon-soaked, Tom Waitsian tunes and blends this with audience banter producing a perfect fusion of music and comedy.
In 2004, he appeared as part of Jack Dee's Jack Dee Live at the Apollo series to perform a stand-up routine. The appearance achieved some cult status due to his line of jokes about Tom Cruise, and the perceivable similarities between many of his roles.
In 2006, Rich wrote and acted in the play Levelland at the Edinburgh Festival.
He has had three BBC TV series of his own: Rich Hall's Badly Funded Think Tank, Rich Hall's Fishing Show in 2003, and Rich Hall's Cattle Drive in 2006, as well as a one off programme about the 2004 American Presidential Elections, Rich Hall's Election Special.
In 2007, he returned to the Fringe with his second play, Best Western, which he wrote and directed.
In 2008 he returned to television with a 90-minute documentary about Westerns, Rich Hall's How the West Was Lost, broadcast on BBC Four. In November of the same year he also appeared in the first episode of the new series of Live at the Apollo on BBC One.
Do Anything to the Girl, Just Don't Hurt Me
Fast Cars & Airplanes
London, Not Tennessee
Women Call It Stalking
London, Not Tennessee