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Russell Kane (born Russell David Anthony Grineau 15 October 1975)[1][2] is an English writer, comedian, and actor.[3] He was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the main prize in August 2010.

Russell Kane
Russell David Anthony Grineau

(1975-10-15) 15 October 1975 (age 43)
Enfield, London, England, UK
OccupationWriter, comedian, actor,
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Sadie Hasler (m. 2010–2011) Lindsey Kane (2014–present)


Early life

Kane was born to David and Julie Grineau in Enfield, North London and brought up in Essex, where he still lives.[1][4] He studied English at Middlesex University and graduated with a degree in Media Writing.[5]


In 2004, Kane won the Laughing Horse New Act of The Year,[3] and in 2005 he came second in So You Think You're Funny. He joined Ray Peacock, Russell Howard and Reginald D Hunter on the national Paramount Edinburgh and Beyond tour in October 2005. In November 2005, he filmed the World Comedy Tour in Australia. He was also asked to be the face of one-off live music event Guerrilla Gig which aired on BBC Three in March 2006. He has appeared on various comedy panels, and filmed four other live stand-up performances to date. In July 2006, British terrestrial station Five decided to launch Five US, for which Kane was selected to write and present travelogues.

In August 2006, he took his debut comedy show The Theory of Pretension to the Edinburgh Fringe, where he received an Edinburgh Comedy award nomination. In 2006–07 he appeared in Fakespeare Shortcuts on the UK's Paramount Comedy Channel, also starring his longtime girlfriend Sadie Hasler. He presented Big Brother's Big Mouth on E4 and Channel 4 from 26 to 29 June 2007. He again toured with The Edinburgh and Beyond Tour in autumn/winter 2007.[citation needed]

He was the host of BBC Radio 2's Out to Lunch from series 4 onwards.[6] He presents a Sunday afternoon show on the relaunched Q Radio digital radio station.[3] In August 2008 he took a stand-up show Gaping Flaws to the Edinburgh Festival. It was nominated for the 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He also took his hour-long play, The Lamentable Tragedie of Yates's Wine Lodge, which transferred for one night to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon. It was performed on the Courtyard Theatre's main stage on 31 August 2008.

On 20 November 2008, Kane performed at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, for the BBC's popular comedy programme Live at the Apollo. It was broadcast on 5 December on BBC1,[7] replacing Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. In 2009, he returned to Edinburgh with two new shows one entitled Fakespeare which is a play, and his new Stand up show Human Dressage. His Fakespeare play, a sell-out success, went on tour in February 2010. Human Dressage saw him nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for the third time, and toured from October 2009 to January 2010.[8]

He appeared on the presenting team of the 2009 ITV2 Show – I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now, a role which he reprised for the 2010 and 2011 edition of the show, where he co-hosted with Laura Whitmore and Joe Swash.[citation needed]

In April 2010, Kane, while appearing on the Australian TV show Good News Week, made a joke centred on autistic children, prompting an apology from the network and criticism from the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities.[9]

Kane presented Freak Like Me on BBC Three during the winter of 2010. This programme displayed the strange habits of various members of society. He appeared periodically throughout the programme as the narrator and presenter.

In November 2011, he won a Children in Need edition of Celebrity Mastermind, with the specialist subject "The Life and Novels of Evelyn Waugh".[10] On 5 July 2011 and 27 March 2012, he presented Geordie Shore: The Reunion for MTV (UK and Ireland). In August 2011 he appeared for the first time on the BBC Radio Four comedy panel game Just a Minute, and won.

His debut novel, The Humorist, was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2012.[11] In 2012, he co-presented Britain Unzipped with Greg James on BBC Three, which was renamed Unzipped for series 2.[12] He also presents Live at the Electric on Thursdays on BBC Three which has had 2 series. The 3rd series started broadcasting on 10 January 2014. His newest chat show with Greg James, Staying In, premiered in September 2013.

He led the travel series Stupid Man, Smart Phone in May–June 2016.

In January 2018, Kane participated in And They're Off! in aid of Sport Relief.[citation needed]


Personal life

Kane currently resides in Woodford Green with his cat Keith Wayne and pug Captain Colin.[citation needed] In 2010, he married comedian Sadie Hasler, whom he met at school and with whom he attended Middlesex University.[1] They divorced nine months later.[citation needed]

In 2011 he began a relationship with model Charlotte Austin after doing a magazine photo shoot together. He later[when?] began a relationship with a fan, hair and makeup artist Lindsey Cole. In June 2013, Kane proposed and the couple got engaged. They married in May 2014, in a family only ceremony, in Andalusia.[citation needed]


  • The Humorist, 2012 (Novel)

Stand-up DVDs

  • Smokescreens & Castles Live (7 November 2011)
  • Live (30 November 2015)


  1. ^ a b c Logan, Brian (2011) "Russell Kane: 'What am I going to do when I'm not the next big thing?'", The Guardian, 18 September 2011, retrieved 30 September 2015
  2. ^ [1], Beyond The Joke, 26 March 2016, retrieved 29 March 2016
  3. ^ a b c Barnett, Laura (2010) "Portrait of the Artist: Russell Kane, comedian", The Guardian, 7 June 2010, retrieved 19 June 2010
  4. ^ "My Secret Life: Russell Kane". The Independent. London. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Comedian to tie the knot in Southchurch Hall ceremony". Southend Standard. 6 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Out To Lunch – Production Details". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  7. ^ BBC One – Live at the Apollo, Series 4, Episode 2. (19 May 2012). Retrieved on 14 August 2012.
  8. ^ Logan, Brian (2009) "Russell Kane: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh", The Guardian, 28 August 2009, retrieved 19 June 2010
  9. ^ Channel 10 apologises for Good News Week autism joke, (20 April 2010), retrieved 24 October 2011
  10. ^ Who is Russell Kane?
  11. ^ S&S buys debut from comedian Kane. The Bookseller (14 November 2011). Retrieved on 14 August 2012.
  12. ^ BBC Three – Britain Unzipped. (1 January 1970). Retrieved on 14 August 2012.

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