Howard in 2008
|Birth name||Russell Joseph Howard|
23 March 1980 |
Bristol, England, UK
|Medium||Stand up, television, radio|
|Influences||Billy Connolly, Lee Evans, Richard Pryor, Frank Skinner|
|Notable works and roles||The Milk Run
Mock the Week
Russell Howard's Good News
Russell Joseph Howard (born 23 March 1980) is an English comedian and presenter best known for his TV show Russell Howard's Good News and his appearances on the topical panel TV show Mock The Week. He won "Best Compère" at the 2006 Chortle Awards and was nominated for an if.comedy award for his 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show.
Howard was born to Dave and Ninette Howard and has two younger siblings, twins Kerry and Daniel and has a cousin called Jade Howard. Daniel has epilepsy; a fact which Howard often references during his act. In April 2010, Howard ran the Virgin London Marathon for the first time with both his brother and sister, to raise money for the National Society for Epilepsy. He completed the 26-mile course in four hours and 15 minutes, beating his target time of 5 hours. Sponsorship has raised over £7,000 to date.
In terms of political views, Howard appeared at Friends of the Earth's LIVEstock comedy and music event at the Hammersmith Apollo in support of the green campaign group's Food Chain Campaign for planet-friendly farming, on 12 November 2009.
For Sport Relief 2010 he took part in the BT Sport Relief Million Pound Bike Ride with David Walliams, Jimmy Carr, Fearne Cotton, Miranda Hart, Patrick Kielty and Davina McCall. They cycled from John O'Groats in Scotland to Land's End in 4 days trying to raise £1 million.
TV and radio work
In 2004 he was commissioned by BBC Radio 1 to write, sing and perform on the comedy series The Milk Run. Howard has also appeared on the shows Banter (hosted by Andrew Collins) and Political Animal for BBC Radio 4.
Until 2010, Howard was a regular panelist on Mock the Week. He has also appeared on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You?, Live At The Apollo, The Secret Policeman's Ball 2008, Law of the Playground and Never Mind the Buzzcocks (Series 18, Episode 2 and Series 20, Episode 4).
He was one of several comedians picked as the best comedy talent from the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe that recorded 10–15-minute spots for the 'Edinburgh and Beyond show' which was aired on Paramount Comedy 1 in the autumn of 2006. The show was filmed at The Bloomsbury Theatre. From 2009, he took over as compère of this show from Al Murray.
From November 2006 to July 2008, Russell co-hosted The Russell Howard Show on BBC 6 Music with fellow comedian Jon Richardson in a Sunday morning slot previously hosted by Russell Brand. The show continued to air, without Howard, until March 2010. He has since explained that his main reason for leaving the show was that he finds radio "really restrictive" and "I gorge off the audience as a performer, but you can't gauge a reaction on the radio."
Russell was commissioned to make a comedy show called Russell Howard's Good News, aimed at under-25s, for BBC Three. The first episode aired on 22 October 2009 and the show ran for seven episodes as well as a "Best Of" show and a Christmas Special. It went on to become BBC Three's highest ever rating entertainment series. In the show, he gave his take on the week's major news stories, as well as giving attention to some of the more light-hearted stories of the week. Two more series of the show were commissioned, with the second series starting on March 25, 2010. A seventh series began on 27 September 2012 on BBC Three. Series 8 began on 25th April 2013 on BBC Three.
He made his United States television début on the 3 August 2011 episode of Conan.
Howard started touring for his show Dingledodies in September 2008 and played various dates through to December. Due to overwhelming demand he further extended the tour twice into 2009. It sold in excess of 125,000 tickets, including three sell-out shows at the Hammersmith Apollo as well as several large arenas such as Wembley Arena and Manchester's MEN Arena. The DVD of this tour was released on 9 November 2009 and features a recording of the show from the Brighton Dome.
He was named "Best Theatre Show" at the 2009 Chortle Comedy Awards.
Howard performed 10 UK dates between 11 and 20 December 2009 for his "Big Rooms and Belly Laughs" tour.
He performed his latest arena tour in 2011, titled Right Here Right Now. The tour sold out in days and was extended twice, with new dates in December 2011 announced on 3 May 2011.
On 23 April 2013 Howard confirmed that he would be doing a UK stand-up tour called Wonderbox starting in February 2014.
- Mock the Week – BBC Two (2006–10)
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks – BBC Two (2007)
- Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive – BBC Three (2007)
- Would I Lie To You? – BBC One (2007)
- Live at the Apollo – BBC One (2007, 2009)
- Law of the Playground – Channel 4 (2008)
- The Secret Policeman's Ball 2008 – Channel 4 (2008)
- 8 out of 10 Cats – Channel 4 (2008)
- Russell Howard's Good News – BBC Three (2009–present)
- Conan – TBS (2011)
- Children in Need 2011 – BBC One (2011)
- Jon Richardson: A Little Bit OCD – Channel 4 (2012)
- The Jonathan Ross Show – ITV (2012, 2013)
- The Big Fat Quiz of the Year – Channel 4 (2012)
- Silent Hill: Revelation 3D – (2012)
- The Milk Run – BBC Radio 1 (2004)
- Political Animal – BBC Radio 4 (2004)
- Banter – BBC Radio 4 (2005)
- The Russell Howard Show – BBC Radio 6 Music (2006–08)
|Live||17 November 2008||Live at London's Bloomsbury Theatre|
|Live 2 – Dingledodies||9 November 2009||Live at Brighton's Dome|
|Right Here Right Now||14 November 2011||Live at London's Hammersmith Apollo|
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- "Relative Values: Russell Howard and his mother, Ninette". The Times. UK. 18 January 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
- "Virgin Money Giving | Fundraising | The Howards are raising money for Epilepsy". Uk.virginmoneygiving.com. 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
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- The Russell Howard Show bbc.co.uk
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- Good News For Russell Chortle.co.uk
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- "Rhod and Tim triumph at Chortles" Chortle.co.uk
- Russell Howard event listings in IKnowWhereItsAt.com
- "Funny Money: Britain's Jokers are cashing in". The Independent (London). 30 May 2010.
- Lewis, Helen (2011-04-25). "I got invited to David Walliams's wedding . . . but I'd have just been on my own at the buffet". New Statesman. Retrieved 2011-12-17.