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Russell Kane won the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2010, on his third time of being nominated, having scooped best newcomer in 2006.
His career started in 2004, when he won the Laughing Horse new act competition, and the following year he was nominated for best newcomer in the Chortle awards.
Russell Kane: Smokescreens & Castles
This is the show when Russell Kane finally comes of age, releasing all the potential he’s ever been credited with into one dense, smart, funny and honestly personal examination of his proud working-class family, warts and all.
Gone – well almost – is the empty posturing and the kneejerk chip-on-the-shoulder depiction of middle-class pretension, despite his apparent desire to join that club. Instead the intense focus of his intelligent wit has been turned, for the most part, on to his tough-guy father, a thick-necked white van man for whom emotion is a sign of weakness. You would have to have lived a very rarefied existence not to know, or be related to, a bloke like this.
The castle is a metaphor for the thick, cold walls dad Dave built around his heart, beyond the usual ‘Englishman’s home’ analogy – although that applies, too, as Kane Snr was the only one on his Enfield council estate to buy his house when the Thatcher regime allowed it, instantly setting him apart from his neighbours, who despised him for it.
Inspired by the same significant family event that’s prompted a few recent Edinburgh shows from male comics in their thirties, Kane tries to understand his father’s racist, homophobic views, petty resentments and emotional detachment. As a liberal, arts graduate with a thirst for knowledge and a love of drama, Kane was obviously a worry to his polar-opposite father, who inevitably suspected his offspring could be gay. The nightmare scenario…
Kane’s ideological clashes with his father provide some of the best moments here; including an inspired routine about the right-wingers who deny all evidence of climate change on a point of principle.
But his dad provides only one aspect of the working-class archetype Kane delves into. The other – the effervescent enjoyment of life in the moment, putting your family first and your friends almost as close – is epitomised by his mother and, of a fashion, his formidable grandmother in a routine that contains the most beautifully onomatopaeic use of the c-word.
Then there’s what surely must be the best routine on sociocultural linguistics this Fringe. Top five at least. This is his insightful theory about how the Essex accent informs the attitude, or vice-versa, comparing it to other regional brogues and traits.
Add to this tales of a fight in a curry house, the story of how Kane sustained possibly the most middle-class motoring injury possible (it involves a Toyota Prius and a Trollope audiobook), his theories on sex education and the rise of the BNP, and a measured level of audience teasing and you’ve got a jam-packed show, even by the fast-talking comic’s usual standards.
That’s really the only criticism, that the intense show does feel a bit rushed – and Kane admitted he was editing out a few routines as the hour deadline loomed. Some of these ideas need a little more room to breathe – which presumably they’ll get when Smokescreens And Castles goes on tour this autumn.
But this is a hugely impressive show, full of ideas and performed with an irresistible vigour, marking a quantum leap for a comic powering towards the top of his game.
|Date of live review: Wednesday 25th Aug, '10|
Review by Steve Bennett
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Saw him at St David's Hall. Extremely energetic, dreadfully funny and his material is embarrassingly true. Pure comedy genius in its finest form.
Russell at the Ironworks Inverness 16th March,he played to a capacity crowd despite feeling unwell, but like a true professional he just got on with the gig and proved his worth. Audience loved him, despite a few hecklers, he coped reasonably well with them. He certainly makes good use of the stage and engages his audience with ease and the time past quickly, too quickly! Awards received at the Edinburgh Festival are testament to his skill as a comedian and they showed that night.
Hilarous, and fit as fuck!
Is it just me who thinks Russell Kane and Pete Firman are the same guy?
He is not funny... at all
".... the strutting, preening physicality of his stage act serves no comedic purpose...." yeah, like Max Wall, Tommy Cooper and the like. Oh, wait a minute.... Fair enough, you didn't like the guy but maybe you need to be a tad more specific about his *material* for readers to afford this any weight over and above a simple "not for me".
If people find him funny, they find him funny - but comedy genius he ain't. Watching him on Channel 4's Magners Brighton Festival, I thought he was irritating in the extreme. The strutting, preening physicality of his stage act serves no comedic purpose and the machine-gun delivery masks a paucity of material. He's clearly very impressed with himself but he simply doesn't have the observational skills and insight into human behavior that mark out the best comics.
I think he's copying Russell Howard.
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The Humorist, by Russell Kane
Novel about a comedy critic who doesn't know how to laugh
Russell Kane: Smokescreens and Castles
Edinburgh and Beyond
The Comedy Zone
Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Russell Kane's Theory of Pretension
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Edinburgh and Beyond 
Russell Kane: Easy Cliche And Tired Stereotype
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Russell Kane Presents Fakespeare: The Lamentable Tragedie Of Yates's Wine Lodge
Russell Kane: Gaping Flaws
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Russell Kane: Human Dressage
Russell Kane’s Fakespeare: The Tragickal Saveings of King Nigel
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Russell Kane: Smokescreens & Castles
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Itch: A Scratch Event 
Russell Kane: Manscaping
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Live At The Electric: Live At The Fringe
Russell Kane: Posturing Delivery
Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Comedy Gala In Aid Of Waverley Care 2013
Russell Kane: Smallness
Misc live shows
Laughing Horse New Act Final 2004
Edinburgh And Beyond 2007