Hal is a foul-mouthed, unkempt and drunkard man in either his late 30s or early 40s from the coastal Canadian province of Nova Scotia. His untidiness is made well evident in the ginger stubble on his chin, which often itches due to him being reluctant to wash or shave. Not a day goes by without him enjoying a good old drink – often drinking himself to unconsciousness. Hal often scratches his backside and picks his nose in public, and his love of eating rich food makes him belch and fart frequently. Because of both this and not washing often, he has a distinctive foul smell which can drive away anyone who is sensible enough not to go near him. Hal has a son, named Syd, who suffers with having to put up with his father’s drunken antics and poor hygiene.