Russell Kane tells the Sunday Times Culture supplement how his new, more personal show – about to go on tour - has been shaped by divorce and ‘prelife crisis'.
The comedian’s award winning show at Edinburgh in 2010 won him the Foster’s Comedy Award, and a high profile and visibility that he dreamt of for years. His debut show in 2006, Theory of Pretension, was angry – anger directed mostly at his late father.
“He wasn’t a bad man, he wasn’t a cruel man, he was a loving, hard working man,” he tells the magazine. “He was just very often inn a bad mood and very often negative. “
In his new tour, Manscaping, Kane concentrates on another man close to his heart – himself! Having struggled through a divorce, he uses the breakup of his marriage as a “springboard into a new type of introspection.”
“I’ve eaten up the family now,” he adds, “so I’ve got to turn the camera fully on me.”
Kane describes himself in somewhat surprising terms: “”I’m quite shy and introverted. I don’t really go out and party. I have to force myself to do the ‘red carpet’ things to move my career forward, rather than whorishly enjoy them. I’ve never had a one-night stand – do I need to do that? Do I have children in the next five years? It’s like a pre-life crisis.”
Kane admits he didn’t fulfil his potential academically. “Pathetic compared to what I could have done,” he says.
After he left school he worked in a jewellers and then as a copywriter at an ad agency – and then launched his stand-up career. By sheer hard work Russell has become one of the UK’s funniest, most controversial and most successful comedians.
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