Al Murray

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Al Murray (born 1968) is a British comedian best known for his stand-up persona, the Pub Landlord, a xenophobic public house licensee.

The pub landlord is a English nationalist with a dislike for anything 'un-British', has a particular dislike of Australians and the French. Catchphrases include 'Timewaster!' and 'Is your dad proud of you son?'. The character first appeared in 1993 when Murray was the tour support act for Harry Hill, and subsequently featured in a short film, Pub Fiction (1995). Murray's theatre show with this character My Gaff, My Rules was shortlisted for an Olivier Award in 2002, and he has also appeared as the central character in the television series Time Gentlemen Please as well as a number of other television appearances. A second theatre tour, Giving it Both Barrels also ran to critical acclaim.

Murray is known to be unhappy with the television series, moving conversation away from it during his live shows.

Murray has also worked with other comedians (including Harry Hill) and other personas. He won the Perrier Award in 1999, after being nominated in 1996, 1997 and 1998.

In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. Also, in recent years, it is been known that Murray is a direct descendant of William Makepeace Thackeray and owns rights to many letters and papers from Dickens.

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