Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Russell Kane is a multitalented writer and performer who has firmly established himself as one the best comics in the UK today. He’s become popular online for his topical ‘Kaneings’ via social media and his BBC Sounds podcast, Evil Genius which has become a flagship show and was the best performing original podcast on the platform.
Graduating with a degree in media writing, Russell spent his formative years working for an advertising agency, before venturing into comedy and winning the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year in 2004 then, in 2005, coming second in So You Think You're Funny. He joined fellow comedians Ray Peacock, Russell Howard and Reginald D Hunter on the national Paramount Edinburgh and Beyond tour in October 2005.
In November 2008, he performed at the Hammersmith Apollo for the BBC's Live at the Apollo and then in 2009 appeared on the presenting team of the 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, which he co-hosted with Laura Whitmore and Joe Swash.
Russell was nominated four times for prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards before winning Best Show in 2010. He then went onto make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Award in one year.
His award-winning show Smokescreens & Castles was recorded in front of his home crowd in Westcliff-on-Sea’s at the Palace Theatre and released by Universal Pictures in 2011. Famed for his critically acclaimed tours Russell has been performing sell-out shows across the globe.
There is no end to his talents having published his first novel The Humorist which was nominated for a literary prize, he has also written, directed and starred in three plays two of which have toured, and one, blank verse, which was performed in the main house of the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Recent TV appearances include The Apprentice You’re Fired, The One Show, Antiques Roadtrip, Stupid Man, Smart Phone and the host of three series of Live At The Electric. Other TV appearances include Live At The Apollo, Unzipped, Celebrity Juice and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here Now.