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Russell Kane

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Russell Kane born Russell Grineau in 1975 is an English writer, comedian, and actor He was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the main prize in August 2010


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Bibliography
  • 6 Stand-up DVDs
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early life

Kane was born to David and Julie Grineau in Enfield, North London and brought up in Essex, where he still lives He studied English at Middlesex University and graduated with a degree in Media Writing


In 2004, Kane won the Laughing Horse New Act of The Year, and in 2005 he came second in So You Think You're Funny He joined Ray Peacock, Russell Howard and Reginald D Hunter on the national Paramount Edinburgh and Beyond tour in October 2005 In November 2005, he filmed the World Comedy Tour in Australia He was also asked to be the face of one-off live music event Guerrilla Gig which aired on BBC Three in March 2006 He has appeared on various comedy panels, and filmed four other live stand-up performances to date In July 2006, British terrestrial station Five decided to launch Five US, for which Kane was selected to write and present travelogues

In August 2006, he took his debut comedy show The Theory of Pretension to the Edinburgh Fringe, where he received an Edinburgh Comedy award nomination In 2006–07 he appeared in Fakespeare Shortcuts on the UK's Paramount Comedy Channel, also starring his longtime girlfriend Sadie Hasler He presented Big Brother's Big Mouth on E4 and Channel 4 from 26 to 29 June 2007 He again toured with The Edinburgh and Beyond Tour in autumn/winter 2007

He was the host of BBC Radio 2's Out to Lunch from series 4 onwards He presents a Sunday afternoon show on the relaunched Q Radio digital radio station In August 2008 he took a stand-up show Gaping Flaws to the Edinburgh Festival It was nominated for the 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Awards He also took his hour-long play, The Lamentable Tragedie of Yates's Wine Lodge, which transferred for one night to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon It was performed on the Courtyard Theatre's main stage on 31 August 2008

On 20 November 2008, Kane performed at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, for the BBC's popular comedy programme Live at the Apollo It was broadcast on 5 December on BBC1, replacing Friday Night with Jonathan Ross In 2009, he returned to Edinburgh with two new shows one entitled Fakespeare which is a play, and his new Stand up show Human Dressage His Fakespeare play, a sell-out success, went on tour in February 2010 Human Dressage saw him nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for the third time, and toured from October 2009 to January 2010

He appeared on the presenting team of the 2009 ITV2 Show – I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now, a role which he reprised for the 2010 and 2011 edition of the show, where he co-hosted with Laura Whitmore and Joe Swash

In April 2010, Kane, while appearing on the Australian TV show Good News Week, made a joke centred on autistic children, prompting an apology from the network and criticism from the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities

Kane presented Freak Like Me on BBC Three during the winter of 2010 This programme displayed the strange habits of various members of society He appeared periodically throughout the programme as the narrator and presenter

In November 2011, he won a Children in Need edition of Celebrity Mastermind, with the specialist subject "The Life and Novels of Evelyn Waugh" On 5 July 2011 and 27 March 2012, he presented Geordie Shore: The Reunion for MTV UK and Ireland His debut novel, The Humorist, was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2012 In 2012, he co-presented Britain Unzipped with Greg James on BBC Three, which was renamed Unzipped for series 2 He also presents Live at the Electric on Thursdays on BBC Three which has had 2 series The 3rd series started broadcasting on 10 January 2014 His newest chat show with Greg James, Staying In, premiered September 2013

He led the travel series Stupid Man, Smart Phone in May–June 2016

In January 2018, Russell participated in And They're Off! in aid of Sport Relief


  • 2004 Laughing Horse New Act of Year: Winner
  • 2004 So You Think You're Funny: 2nd Place
  • 2006 Ifcomeddies Nominee formerly The Perrier
  • 2008 Ifcomeddies Nominee formerly The Perrier
  • 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee formerly The Perrier
  • 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner
  • 2011 Barry Award for comedy Winner

Personal life

Kane currently resides in Woodford Green with his cat Keith Wayne and pug Captain Colin In 2010, he married comedian Sadie Hasler, whom he met at school and with whom he attended Middlesex University They divorced nine months later In 2011 he began a relationship with model Charlotte Austin after doing a magazine photo shoot together He later began a relationship with a fan, hair and makeup artist Lindsey Cole They met on the front row of a gig of his in Manchester In June 2013, Kane proposed and the couple got engaged They married in May 2014, in a family only ceremony, in Andalusia


  • The Humorist, 2012 Novel

Stand-up DVDs

  • Smokescreens & Castles Live 7 November 2011
  • Live 30 November 2015


  1. ^ a b c Logan, Brian 2011 "Russell Kane: 'What am I going to do when I'm not the next big thing'", The Guardian, 18 September 2011, retrieved 30 September 2015
  2. ^ , Beyond The Joke, 26 March 2016, retrieved 29 March 2016
  3. ^ a b c Barnett, Laura 2010 "Portrait of the Artist: Russell Kane, comedian", The Guardian, 7 June 2010, retrieved 19 June 2010
  4. ^ "My Secret Life: Russell Kane" The Independent London 11 December 2010 Retrieved 25 February 2012 
  5. ^ "Comedian to tie the knot in Southchurch Hall ceremony" Southend Standard 6 January 2010 
  6. ^ a b Holgate, Tommy 2010 "SFTW Meets – Russell Kane", the Sun, 13 February 2010, retrieved 19 June 2010
  7. ^ "Out To Lunch – Production Details" British Comedy Guide Retrieved 12 September 2010 
  8. ^ BBC One – Live at the Apollo, Series 4, Episode 2 Bbccouk 19 May 2012 Retrieved on 14 August 2012
  9. ^ Logan, Brian 2009 "Russell Kane: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh", The Guardian, 28 August 2009, retrieved 19 June 2010
  10. ^ Channel 10 apologises for Good News Week autism joke, Newscomau 20 April 2010, retrieved 24 October 2011
  11. ^ Who is Russell Kane russellkanecouk
  12. ^ S&S buys debut from comedian Kane The Bookseller 14 November 2011 Retrieved on 14 August 2012
  13. ^ BBC Three – Britain Unzipped Bbccouk 1 January 1970 Retrieved on 14 August 2012
  14. ^ "About][http://wwwrussellkanecouk/news/september-message-you-ve-been-ka"  External link in |title= help
  15. ^ Sheridan, Emily 3 May 2013 "Comedian Russell Kane celebrates his engagement to girlfriend Lindsey Cole at Cirque Du Soir" Daily Mail London 
  16. ^ Bell, Amy 7 May 2014 "Funnyman Russell Kane can't wait to settle down and tie the knot" 

External links

  • Russell Kane's Official Website
  • Russell Kane's MySpace Page
  • Russell Kane's Avalon Page
  • Russell Kane's Chortle page with tour dates, news etc

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