Russell Kane: Smokescreens and Castles

*****

5 Stars

There are some comics who stand in front of a mike and languidly tell stories, jokes and chat with the audience throughout their set, but that is something that could never be attributed to Russell Kane. God no!

Kane is perpetual motion throughout his hour, walking, almost prancing at times, rattling of his material at one hundred miles an hour, material he colours with his gift for words and language, and his facial and body contortions throughout.

As always with Kane his descriptions of his family and himself are often self-deprecating. His working class parents, his Gran and her view on life and the changes that occurred in the Kane world with his father buying his council house are the inspirations to this years epic.

Kane is an intelligent, erudite individual, who observes, relates and analyses the material he presents, and the packed out Monday night crowd hung on his every word throughout. He covers a wide range of subjects and emotions throughout his set, yet always weaving them back into the thread and it is easy to see why he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award a year or so back.

Russell has grown and developed tremendously over the years I have been watching him and seems to have a fund of material to draw from. I’m sure his presence at the very top of the comedy tree is assured for as long as he wants it.

*****

Reviewed by Geoff

Pleasance Beyond V 33

4 to 30 August

21-10 to 22-10

Fringe Brochure P 118

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