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Oh the Hallarity

By Leslie D. Rose

July 1 marked day one of DVD sales for comedian and Max 94.1 on-air personality Howard Hall. Since then the Baton Rouge native has been encouraging fans to place their orders because major distribution of the project is underway.
The comedy DVD titled “Hallarious” was filmed over a year ago at Independence Park Theatre by Blu Ray Nostalgia Studios, a Baton Rouge based company for which Hall also writes.
Hall said he sold over 300 tickets for the filming and that the audience was comprised of some of the area’s favorite local celebs including Rani “The Hip Hop Doc” Whitfield, Greg Williams, Jr. of New Venture Theatre and host Robert Powell of the Shaq All Star Comedy Jam fame. Powell, along with area comic AO, served as opening acts for the show in which Hall said he prepared to perform for an hour and a half with no set concept or overall theme.
“What I wanted to do was to get out as much as material as possible that wasn’t time sensitive, jokes that can stand the test of time so you can watch it today or four years from now,” Hall said.
Crediting comedic influences such as Bill Cosby and Martin Lawrence, he also acknowledges other comedy greats in the development of his joke style.
“Everybody is in some way influenced by Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy,” he said. “People can see the influence by my story telling. I knew how to tell stories before I knew how to construct a joke.”

Hall’s standard jokes include stories about his relationship with his wife, his four children, two grandchildren, other relatives, growing up, and horrid tales of past relationships. And since he appears to move about nonstop, he is never at a loss for material.

“My day is always full,” Hall said. “I wake up, make sure my children are okay, kiss my wife, then I head to my day job [as a] graphic designer, then I leave there to head to Max 94.1 where I’m an on-air personality. Then later [in the] evening I find time to record my weekly podcast [and when] I leave there, I find time to write and work out jokes.”

As such a busy man, the process of releasing the project took a lot longer than Hall expected.  This was because of an ongoing distribution process and market research to ensure that the time was right. Hall said he was performing a lot on the road and hadn’t had time to sit and focus on a marketing and promotional tour for the DVD. In the meantime, fans can purchase “Hallarious” through howardhallcomedy.com, but not for much longer as current negotiations may soon see the project released in Walmart and Redbox.

Of “Hallarious”, Hall said viewers can expect an hour of nonstop laughs and that fans can even expect another DVD project from him very soon. He said he also intends to release an audio album with more comedy.

“I can’t wait to tour with the new material I have so I can promote the DVD,” Hall said. “I want to sell as many as possible before I’m obligated to not sell from my site anymore – so buy them now!”

In the meantime, fans have several chances to see Hall live in Baton Rouge including a show on July 12 at Quarters.

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For more information or to purchase “Hallarious,” visit howardhallcomedy.com

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