COMEDY FESTIVAL REVIEW: Russell Kane: Posturing Delivery at De Montfort Hall
If you're running a little late from the Brit Awards, then who better to open your show than Iain Stirling, a naturally funny CBBC presenter with new glasses, a new house and an over-riding need to pace back and forth while delivering his lines?
He was pleasingly good, but it was Russell Kane we were there for and the room reached fever pitch as the bouffant-haired buffoon careered on to the stage.
"I did four lines of Imodium on the train up," he said, having left his celebrity buddies at the Brits a few hours before.
He says he's not cool. He protests too much. But who cares?
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He's a good stand-up and the 40 minutes of rambunctious ramblings he opened with were enough to prove that.
You could almost see the monkeys on bicycles in his head.
His topical slants included Richard III, how to avoid getting excited when you see Nicole Scherzinger in a posh spa and you're with your girlfriend and Oscar Pistorius, "Is it too early to make light of this?" he inquired.
It's a comedian's job to be offensive.
He is, however, polished and precise when it comes to his current show, Posturing Delivery.
Can you hear that? It's Russell's biological tick tock.
It's very rare a man will talk about being broody and even rarer to hear a male comedian talk on the subject for an hour or more.
What transpires is the 30-something comic pretending to bring up his imaginary son, Ivan, from birth until university.
For a childless man, Kane has some strong opinions on parenting. Yet he feels the need to defend himself – often – by saying he might not be perfect himself if he actually becomes a father.
Once again, his working-class cockney dad is material for this make-believe.
His macho persona is the polar opposite of Russell's and that skippy twirl thing he does between skits.
As he finished, he made a point of saying that comedy is a momentary thing, that no sequence of words in this show will ever be the same again and tomorrow, we won't remember it.
We do. Kind of. But that does makes this review seem a bit futile.