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|Needing a toilet break|
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|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.
Russell Kane: Posturing Delivery tour
Russell Kane’s father casts a long shadow over the comedian’s life and material.
As described on stage (selectively, Kane Jr admits, for comic effect) the patriarch was a domineering, short-tempered, ignorant, almost thuggish working-class bloke with narrow horizons and a constant rage at the world.
To his mind, Kane had two ways to go: to either become his dad or to become his anti-dad, opposite in every possible way. Faced with that stuck-in-the-mud machismo-led image of masculinity, he turned out camp, theatrical and with a thirst to ‘better himself’ – so providing an inter-generational conflict that turned out to be a godsend for his comedy career.
Much of this he has already described in his best show to date, Smokescreens And Castles, which is briefly recapped here. It’s relevant now because, at an indeterminate age somewhere in his thirties, Kane’s thoughts are turning to becoming a father himself. The premise here is how he would bring up this fictional son, whom he names Ivan, over the first 18 years of his life.
For a childless man, Kane has some strong opinions on parenting. His binary mind categorises all children into demon spawn or little angels, attributing each outcome purely to the abilities of the parents.
He knows his idealistic advice on how to deal with troublesome tots might not go down too well with genuine parents. ‘Calm down,’ he tells his detractors at one point... even if those detractors are almost imaginary as his offspring.
That is part of Kane’s comic make-up; he’s forever on the defensive against critics he sees in his own mind – either middle-class ponces/comedy reviewers who he assumes want jokes about Proust and post-modernism; or the working-class Herberts who want knob gags and little more. He tries to cover both, but always seems more natural when talking about the latest batch of X-Factor wannabes than referencing ‘higher’ subject, when he is always compelled to explicitly highlight just how erudite he’s just been.
That he describes himself as concealing his daily copy of The Sun inside The Guardian exactly places him in that class structure: wanting to be seen as one thing, without quite escaping his roots, or really wanting to.
That is all part of the self-doubt he describes here; that behind all the bluster, technique and apparent confidence of his high-energy stand-up – as always, he pirouettes around the stage if controlled by an invisible puppeteer with Parkinson’s – he’s a confused boy trying hard to please.
All this is known to Kane, a master of self-examination, whose stand-up is a lot more introspective than fans drawn to his tour by his less weighty BBC Three work might have imagined. More than the cultural references scattered almost arbitrarily through the show, Kane’s best talking about himself.
This typically dense show covers a lot of ground, from his relationship with his family to an amusing catalogue of embarrassing sexual no-nos. The ‘Ivan’ device merely an occasional staging post he can return to between anecdotes. He’s emotionally clued-up and the stories are full of the linguistic grandstanding we have come to expect.
Occasionally he over-eggs the tales – a night out in the VIP section of a club with his mum might be unusual but isn’t as funny as Kane’s hard sell would have you believe – but for the most part this is personal observational comedy with an entertaining flourish. And, yes, posturing delivery...
|Date of live review: Wednesday 31st Oct, '12|
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.
|Another BBC Three series for Russell Kane
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