Reginald D Hunter skewered woke vigilantes sabotaging show: Decided I was a misogynist

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Reginald returns to screens as a guest on Richard Osman’s House of Games tonight on BBC Two at 6pm. Every day this week, the American comedian has featured on the show alongside celebrity contestants Michelle Collins, Joanne McNally and Bill Turnbull. The contestants have taken on a series of quiz rounds selected by Richard Osman, with a daily winner declared following a quickfire round at the end of each show. 

However the scores have also been tallied across the week and tonight the overall champion will be crowned.

Reginald is a critically acclaimed comic and has been nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe three times, and won the Writers Guild award for Comedy in 2006.

However he is also known for his notoriously outspoken views on race, sexuality and politics.

In a 2019 interview, Reginald revealed that he had been branded a misogynist by people on social media, who then attended one of his shows in the hopes of sabotaging the comic’s performance. 

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The Georgia-born stand-up told the Evening Standard: “A bunch of so-called feminists ‒ I’m going to call them vigilantes ‒ said [on social media] that they were coming to one of my gigs to mess things up a few years ago, because they’d decided I was a misogynist. 

“I was exhausted but summoned all the hatred in my heart and it turned out to be a very good show.

“Many of the feminists stayed and enjoyed it.”

He added: “I haven’t been called a misogynist lately but I’m fairly certain that it would take less than three words to provoke that sort of thing again.”

Reginald said that he found people finding offence by misinterpreting what others say frustrating. 

He continued: “I spend a good deal of effort crafting words and getting ideas across, because I want them to be considered. 

“If you hate the idea, that’s fine. 

“But, if halfway through you hear the word ‘woman’ and decide I’m being misogynist and don’t hear the rest of my idea, I might have to give you the skunk eye.”

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Born in a sleepy Georgia town called Albany, Reginald moved to England aged 20 when he achieved a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. 

However, after performing his first comedy set as a dare, he began receiving acclaim for his honest material, and pursued the artform. 

The comic has since become a regular fixture on TV comedy panel shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI and Have I Got News For You. 

Though Reginald’s comedic style has always been characterised by exploring taboo subjects, he claimed he used to care when receiving backlash.

Reginald admitted to the Irish News in 2017: “Put it like this: I’m 48 years old and Reginald D Hunter has finally got to the point where he doesn’t give a s***.

“Anyone who has a job that involves other people worries about opinions. 

“My problem was I was worrying about opinions too much. 

“The biggest thing that helped me change was breaking my leg in two places. 

“When you are laid up and have time to observe people you come to a realisation about what really matters and what doesn’t.”

Watch Richard Osman’s House of Games at 6pm on BBC Two.

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