Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue
Reginald D Hunter
Rev Obadiah Steppenwolf III
Roy Chubby Brown
Ruth E Cockburn
From BBC Three's Live At The Apollo
More Russell Kane videos
|Needing a toilet break|
|Smokescreens and Castles|
|Dave: One Night Stand|
|Russell Kane wins the 2010 Edinbrugh Comedy Award|
|Receiving the 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award|
|On Edinburgh And Beyond|
|Russell Kane Guerilla Comedy|
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.
Original Review:Russell Kane almost visibly fizzes with nervy, bubbly energy, zipping around the stage like a caffeine-soaked toddler, demanding our attention with his unquenchable hyperactivity.
But once he’s got it, what he has to say is one-dimensional, unconvincing and narrowly targeted.
He presents himself as an honest but unsophisticated pikey from Middlesex, striking a blow for the common oik against the world of the pretentious, which he defines through culturally elitist cravat-wearing ponces supping chardonnay and feeding an incurable addiction to class-A balsamic vinegar.
But the characterisation is blunt, broad and remarkably old hat. Not to mention slightly rich for someone who is in mortal danger of slipping into a more contemporary stereotype himself – as a quirkily coiffured, high-energy E4 media jockey. He denies this in his act, but the protest doesn’t convince.
Tellingly, though, when he moves away from this uncompromising crusade against the middle-class caricature, there are glimpses of more fertile material, such as his strained relationship with his father, who he portrays as an unabashed racist.
He’s also strong on linguistic quirks and on nostalgia – admittedly an already overcrowded comedy field – with a routine on the Guess Who? game that hits all the right buttons for audiences who remember it.
Kane is still evolving as a comic – this act has little but energy in common with the routine that garnered him attention as a brand-new act a couple of years back – and you’d be a fool to ignore his potential. But he hasn’t discovered his cast-iron winning formula quite yet.
|Date of review: Sep 2006|
Wednesday 31st Oct, '12- Hammersmith Apollo
Russell Kane: Manscaping
Saturday 27th Aug, '11-
Thursday 28th Jul, '11-
Wednesday 25th Aug, '10-
Russell Kane: Human Dressage - Fringe 2009
Monday 24th Aug, '09-
Russell Kane's Fakespeare: The Tragikal Saveings of King Nigel - Fringe 2009
Friday 7th Aug, '09-
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Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2007 - Tuesday 0th Aug, '07-
Sunday 17th Sep, '06-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2006 - Monday 0th Aug, '06-
Show - Misc live shows - Monday 1st Mar, '04-
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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Co-hosting with Radio 1's Greg James
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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