Russell Kane (4 stars)

This article is from 2008

Russell Kane

Essex boy made good

While a cursory glance at the Fringe programme might suggest that being blessed with the forename Dan (including such variations as Danny/Danielle) might be the best way to fast-track towards a career in comedy, the nation's Russells are arguably the ones who are truly hitting the heights. With messrs Brand and Howard having risen to varying degrees of proper fame in the last couple of years, it can only be a matter of time before citizen Kane catches up with these sharp-talking terriers.

With a couple of successful Fringe years under his belt, this jittery, occasionally awkward Essex lad has no intention of letting up and his 60-minute meditation on the flaws of humans has a thumping heart and burning soul. Whether his tough father will be in any way proud of his son's current achievements is uncertain but anyone of a right-wing tendency (or grasping a subscription to a lad mag) is unlikely to feel comfortable in the face of Russell Kane's tenacious liberal stand-up.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 20), 8pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£8–£9).

Russell Kane

  • 4 stars

The Essex boy's meditation on human flaws has a thumping heart and burning soul. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.