IF you have the January blues, be sure to book yourself in for a night of comedy with Russell Kane at Hall For Cornwall.
In his current tour, Kane is intrigued by small things. What is it with us and smallness? We Brits love it - being tiny but fierce, close but distant. This Jedward-haired award-winning comedian is the same, and he returns with a new blisteringly big-small show – looking at keeping things small when life gets big.
Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner is the ideas man of comedy. He crams stories, references and observations into his shows – remaining fixed to a central idea. The idea of his new show has several layers, revolving around notions of smallness, whether it’s to do with the British psyche or the way that we all look back on our lives.
Russell Kane may have plenty of ideas, but his shows are far from tightly scripted: “I don’t write down my stand-up ever; you won’t find a document on my laptop that says ‘Smallness by Russell Kane’. At the top of the show just now, there’s a bit about Britishness and falling over, there’s the thing in the art gallery, there’s a routine about Nicole Scherzinger, there’s a bit about sleeping through the night and then there’s the Thailand story.
"If you’ve ever seen a show by me two nights in a row, I think you’ll be shocked at how different each night is: there are different endings and I’ll leave bits out. I don’t know how to write jokes and I don’t have punchlines. So when I’m on the road, the show will be bits growing off the end of other bits. I may add a dramatic element to a story, but everything is true, really true. I’m literally telling the stories that would have made my friends laugh down the pub, and I’m still doing that,” he said.
With such an active mind as Kane’s, it’s little wonder that he has several things on the go at the same time. Filming has been completed on the third series of his BBC Three show, Live at the Electric, in which he performs stand-up in between introducing new sketch show acts.
Alongside Greg James, Kane also has a new BBC Three chat show with celebrity guests coming up entitled Staying in With Greg & Russell. According to the BBC statement, the eight-part series will be recorded in a ‘surreal, studio version of the duo's dream pad’ utilising the pair’s ‘charm, hospitality and flair for what really makes a memorable evening’.
Russell Kane is appearing at Hall for Cornwall on Thursday, January 30, at 8pm. Tickets are £18.50 to £20.50, with concessions, plus a £1 Theatre Fund payment. Your ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Fund payment for the preservation of the theatre for future generations. A £1.50 handling charge is payable per transaction. Call the box office on 01872 262466 or book online at www.hallforcornwall.co.uk