Review: Russell Kane, Theatre Royal, by Adam Everett
"LADIES and gentlemen... and people from Derby, switch off your phones and adopt the brace position", shouts Russell Kane as he bounded on to the Theatre Royal stage. And the audience certainly had to strap themselves in as Kane's jumbo jet of energy and laughter, the Posturing Delivery tour, took flight.
The 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner instantly endeared himself with sharp observations on Jimmy Savile, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and the X Factor, as well as a quip that the people of Nottingham "just make lace and stab each other".
The centrepiece of his show was perhaps a bizarre choice, with Kane imagining how a hypothetical son or daughter would fit into his life having recently turned 30.
This theme saw him explore the unrepentant masculinity of his late father in contrast to his own rather more effeminate persona ("I like Liza Minnelli but I'm not gay").
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Kane took us on a journey through his own childhood, with tales of blancmange and potato smilies, the fine art of waging a war against a younger sibling and winning psychological battles with parents.
One of the highlights of was the anecdote of the Essex lad going clubbing and doing Jagerbombs with his mum.
What was apparent throughout was Kane's openness, never shying away from his awkwardness while displaying great affection for his "fat Cockney racist" father who passed almost 10 years ago.
Though his small screen appearances can sometimes leave the audience feeling slightly cold, Kane flourished away from the shackles of prime-time television with some superb X-rated material that might be deemed a bit risqué for your average Live At The Apollo viewer.
Kane can certainly sleep peacefully in the knowledge that he has moved at least a little bit closer to the hearts of the lace-making, stabbing enthusiasts of the Nottingham public.