Around that time my friend Craig introduced me to stand-up videos of people like Lee Evans, Billy Connolly and Frank Skinner – they changed my world.
I’m quite lucky because my family [Russell has two younger twin siblings, Kerry, an actress, and Daniel, a systems analyst] are insane.
When I go back home to the West Country at Christmas it’s like being in the middle of a Pogues music video – red-faced, toothless relatives swirling around you, kids skidding on their knees.
I was always quite shy around my family and I would just sit and observe the anarchy. I find myself reading about The Only Way is Essex and then stop and think, ‘What am I doing?
It made sense to talk about it because almost everyone can relate if I’m eating my cereal in the morning I’ll just peruse one of my cookery books and think, ‘Oh I’ll cook that tonight.’ I get quite animated – I came across peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake in a Nigella Lawson cookbook the other day and it honestly made me punch the table it looked so good. I’ve got a degree’ [Russell studied economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol]. It’s like someone whispering to me, ‘Oi, psst, come over here – I’ll tell you about the Kardashians.’I don’t have one.
I tried to learn the thumb trick Steve Martin used to do, where you bend it back and it looks like your thumb’s been chopped off.
It’s the easiest trick in the world but I can’t even do that.
If you’re of the opinion that there are too many comedians on panel shows and not enough comedians doing actual comedy, then this is for you – the sparky Good News presenter getting back to the day, er, night job this May.
With the first series achieving viewing figures 159% above the slot average for the channel, RUSSELL returns to Camden’s iconic Electric Ballroom to perform exclusive new material, answer more (sometimes) weird and (usually) wonderful audience questions, not to mention introduce his handpicked roster of the best UK and international stand up acts.
This series RUSSELL will be welcoming fellow comedians including JAMES ACASTER ( star ROB DELANEY’s stand up to a British TV audience and featured a host of the hottest comedic names of last year including DOC BROWN, ROISIN CONATY, NICK HELM, NISH KUMAR, SARA PASCOE, and KATHERINE RYAN.