Harry Hill is the stage name of Dr Matthew Hall (born October 1, 1964), who is an English stand-up comedian who has graduated to being a star of British television by way of a BBC radio series Harry Hill's Fruit Corner. He was born in Woking and educated at Cranbrook School in Kent, and is a graduate of St George's Hospital Medical School.
Hill's humour is quirky almost to the point of surrealism. In way of illustrating this, the comedy historian Oliver Double described Hill as being "Ronnie Corbett possessed by the ghost of Salvador DalĂ." His character uses a number of visual gimmicks; among these are the bald head, the thick black spectacles, pens in the top pocket, small badges on the lapel and, most famously, a comically oversized shirt collar.
Harry Hill is one of many alternative British comics associated with the Avalon Promotions comedy family. Other careers launched from this company include Richard Herring, Stewart Lee, Dave Gorman, Simon Munnery, Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and Al Murray.
In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.