Russell Howard

Russell Howard

Date of birth: 23-03-1980
Bristol-born Russell Howard started comedy as a teenager, making the finals of Channel 4's So You Think Your Funny? competition in 1999 in only his fifth ever gig. Two year later, he was also a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards.

He made his Edinburgh debut in 2002, sharing an hour-long show, and returned the following year as part of the long-running Comedy Zone showcase line-up. His first solo show was in 2004.

In 2006, he joined BBC Two's topical panel game Mock the Week as a regular panellist,which led to Russell Howard's Good News from 2009 to 2015, which became BBC Three's biggest entertainment show.

In 2014, he signed to Comedy Central to front a stand-up showcase and a travelogue in which he took his mum around the USA. And in 2016 he signed with Sky for a new entertainment show.

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Baking bad

Comedians join The Great Celebrity Bake Off

Russell Howard, Joel Dommett, Mo Gilligan and Jenny Eclair are among the stars taking part in the next series of The Great Celebrity Bake Off.

Other stars taking part in the five special episodes, raising money for for Stand Up To Cancer, include  Oscar winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, documentary maker Louis Theroux, TV presenter Carol Vorderman and The Inbetweeners star James Buckley.

Each episode will see four celebrities battle it out over three rounds – the Signature, the Technical and the Showstopper – in a bid to be crowned Star Baker by judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood

Also taking part are British tennis number one Johanna Konta, Queer Eye  fashionista Tan France, singer-songwriter James Blunt, actress Caroline Quentin, presenter Alex Jones, TV judge Rob Rinder, reality personality Scarlett Moffatt,  model and presenter Kelly Brook, This Morning’s Alison Hammond, Love Island’s Ovie Soko, former EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer, and YouTuber and West End star Joe Sugg.

Bake Off hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will also return for the special episodes, which air later this year.

Sarah Lazenby, head of formats and features at Channel 4 said: ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off is a key ingredient in our Stand Up To Cancer recipe. We’ve seen the power of using comedy and entertainment to bring awareness and raise millions of pounds to fund pioneering cancer trials. 

‘We hope viewers will enjoy this year’s line-up of famous bakers, there’s never a dough moment as each bring something fresh and exciting to the tent.’

Jenny Eclair is also taking part in the Chortle Comedy Book Festival on January 19. Details.

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Published: 7 Jan 2020

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