Russell Kane (4 stars)

This article is from 2006.

Russell Kane

There’s a hot young Russell in town, and it’s not of the Brand variety. This self-confessed ‘pikey from Enfield with a chip on his shoulder’ is performing in a portacabin, but not for much longer if those TV scouts are watching. Sharp, fast, bright and very quick on his feet, Kane effortlessly incorporates the lively audience into his act, easily adapting to any heckle. Pricking the pomposity of the pretentious, his targets are particularly well chosen to appeal to the Scots: hummus eaters, working class people with ideas above their station and Americans (a New Yorker in the crowd almost laughed herself off her seat).

Kane is an intelligent, confident comedian who can make us look at ourselves and laugh, regardless of the sometimes unpalatable view. His ferocious, rapid fire delivery and needle sharp observations are accurate and genuinely funny. A proper stand-up comedian; a lot rarer these days than you think. (Drew Tosh)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug, 9.40pm, £8.50-£9.50 (£7-£8).

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