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Russell Kane
Russell Kane 2019.jpg
Kane in 2019
Russell David Anthony Grineau

(1975-08-19) 19 August 1975 (age 47)
London, England
Occupation(s)Writer, comedian, actor[1]
Years active2004–present
Sadie Hasler
(m. 2010; div. 2011)
Lindsey Cole
(m. 2014)

Russell Kane (born Russell David Anthony Grineau; 19 August 1975)[2][3] is an English writer, comedian, and actor. He has 4 times been nominated at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, winning the Best Comedy Show award in 2010. Although known mainly for stand-up comedy, for television, he has presented Big Brother's Big Mouth (2007), I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here - Now (2009-2011), Freak Like Me (2010), Geordie Shore: The Reunion and Britain Unzipped (2012), Live at the Electric (2013), Stupid Man, Smart Phone (2016), and hosted the BBC Radio 4 series Evil Genius in 2018.

Early life

Kane was born to David and Julie Grineau in Enfield, North London and brought up in Essex, where he still lives.[2][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,[1][6] and in the same year he was runner-up to Nick Sun in So You Think You're Funny.[7] In 2005, he joined Ray Peacock, Russell Howard and Reginald D. Hunter on the national Paramount Edinburgh and Beyond tour.[8] He was a roving reporter alongside Annie Mac, for the live music event Guerrilla Gig, which aired on BBC Three in March 2006.[9] In July 2006, he wrote and presented travelogues for the newly launched Five US.[10]

In August 2006, Kane performed his debut comedy show The Theory of Pretension at the Edinburgh Fringe, where he was nominated for a best newcomer Edinburgh Comedy Award.[11] He presented Big Brother's Big Mouth[6] on E4 and Channel 4 in June 2007.[12]

In 2008, Kane was the host of BBC Radio 2's Out to Lunch from series 4 onwards.[12][13] He presented a Sunday afternoon show on the relaunched Q Radio digital radio station.[1] Later the same year, he took his stand-up show Gaping Flaws to Glasgow and the Edinburgh Festival, earning 2008 Best Comedy Show Nominee at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.[14] He also wrote an hour-long play, The Lamentable Tragedie of Yates's Wine Lodge based on his own creation of Fakespeare.[15] On 20 November 2008, Kane performed at the Hammersmith Apollo for the BBC's Live at the Apollo.[14][16]

In 2009, kane returned to Edinburgh with a stand-up show entitled Human Dressage, which was nominated for 2009 Best Comedy Show Edinburgh Comedy Award for the second time.[17][18] Kane appeared on the presenting team of the 2009 ITV2 spin-off show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here - Now, which he co-hosted with Laura Whitmore and Joe Swash.[19] Two contestants that year were Gino D'Acampo and Katie Price.[19] He returned to Australia for the show in 2010 and 2011.[6]

In April 2010, while appearing on the Australian TV show Good News Week, Kane made a joke centred on autistic children, prompting an apology from the network and criticism from the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities.[20] Later that year, Kane appeared live in Cardiff, along with his impressionist and comedienne wife Sadie Hasler, who preceded his act.[21] Kane was narrator and presenter Freak Like Me on BBC Three during the winter of 2010.[22]

In August 2011, he appeared for the first time on the BBC Radio Four comedy panel game Just a Minute, which he won.[23] In November 2011, he won a Children in Need edition of Celebrity Mastermind, with the specialist subject "The Life and Novels of Evelyn Waugh".[24] On 5 July 2011 and 27 March 2012, he presented Geordie Shore: The Reunion for MTV.[25]

His debut novel, The Humorist, was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2012.[26] In 2012, he co-presented Britain Unzipped with Greg James on BBC Three, which was renamed Unzipped for series 2.[27] He was the presenter of the BBC Three show Live at the Electric, which ran for three series, and co-hosted the 2013 chat show Staying In with Greg James.[27]

In 2016, Kane presented the BBC Three travel series Stupid Man, Smart Phone.[28]

In January 2018, Kane participated in And They're Off! in aid of Sport Relief.[6]

In March 2018, Kane started hosting the BBC Radio 4 series Evil Genius. This programme is an exploration of famous people in contemporary history.[29]


Personal life

Kane married fellow comedian Sadie Hasler in 2010. They met while studying at Middlesex University.[33] They divorced nine months later.[34] He married hair and makeup artist Lindsey Cole in 2014.[35] They had met when Cole had attended one of his shows and later connected through social media.[36] They have one daughter.[35]

In 2015 it was revealed that Kane had been lying about his age, claiming to be five years younger than his true vintage.[37][38][39][40]


  • The Humorist, 2012 (novel)[41]
  • Son of a Silverback, 2019 (memoir)[42][43]

Stand-up DVDs

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


  1. ^ a b c Barnett, Laura (7 June 2010). "Portrait of the Artist: Russell Kane, comedian". The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b Logan, Brian (18 September 2011). "Russell Kane: 'What am I going to do when I'm not the next big thing?'". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Dessau, Bruce (26 March 2016). "News: The Truth About Russell Kane's Youth". Beyond the Joke.
  4. ^ "My Secret Life: Russell Kane". The Independent. London. 11 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Comedian to tie the knot in Southchurch Hall ceremony". Basildon Canvey Southend Echo. 6 January 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Reddin, Lorelei (14 October 2021). "Russell Kane to play intimate warm up gig at St Mary's". Daily Echo.
  7. ^ "So You Think You're Funny, Finalists & Runners up 1988 - 2022". Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  8. ^ "Peocock & Gamble". Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Guerilla shakes up music television". 10 March 2006.
  10. ^ Wilkes, Neil (29 August 2006). "Russell Kane named "face" of Five US". Digital Spy.
  11. ^ "Russell Kane's Theory Of Pretension". 2006.
  12. ^ a b "Dave's One Night Stand Russell Kane Interview". 2 November 2010.
  13. ^ "Out To Lunch – Production Details". Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  14. ^ a b "Russell Kane 2008 Best Comedy Show Nominee- Gaping Flaws". Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  15. ^ "Russell Kane Presents Fakespeare: The Lamentable Tragedie Of Yates's Wine". Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  16. ^ "Live at the Apollo series 4, episode 2". 19 May 2012.
  17. ^ "Russell Kane 2009 Best Comedy Show Nominee- Human Dressage". Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  18. ^ Logan, Brian (28 August 2009). "Russell Kane: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh". The Guardian.
  19. ^ a b "Russell Kane in I'm a Celebrity". Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  20. ^ Dunkerley, Susanna (21 April 2010). "Channel 10 apologises for Good News Week autism joke".
  21. ^ "Comedy festival: Russell Kane and Sadie Hasler". 21 July 2010.
  22. ^ "Freak Like Me". Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  23. ^ "Radio 4 Russell Kane on Just A Minute". Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  24. ^ "Comedian specializing in Evelyn Waugh wins BBC Mastermind quiz". Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  25. ^ "Geordie Shore Reunion preview". 27 March 2012.
  26. ^ Page, Benedicte (11 November 2011). "S&S buys debut from comedian Kane". The Bookseller.
  27. ^ a b "BBC Three – Britain Unzipped". BBC iPlayer. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  28. ^ "BBC Three - Stupid Man, Smart Phone Episode Guide". BBC iPlayer. Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  29. ^ "Radio 4 Evil Genius with Russell Kane". BBC iPlayer. Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  30. ^ "Edinburgh comedy awards shortlist announced". The Guardian. 23 August 2006.
  31. ^ a b c Thorpe, Vanessa (28 August 2010). "Russell Kane wins Edinburgh Comedy Award". The Guardian.
  32. ^ "Russell Kane to perform Isles of Scilly show". BBC News. 6 September 2014.
  33. ^ "Comedian to tie the knot in Southchurch Hall ceremony". Echo News. 6 January 2010.
  34. ^ Sperling, Daniel (29 December 2011). "Russell Kane uncomfortable with sex: 'I'd rather watch Dog Whisperer'". Digital Spy.
  35. ^ a b "Russell Kane says he would have postponed his wedding for a big gig". The Irish News. 22 May 2017.
  36. ^ "Russell Kane: 'I had a year of partying and it was soulless. The sex wasn't even good'". London Evening Standard. 12 June 2013.
  37. ^ "Russell Kane has been lying about his age – but WHY?!". Heat. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  38. ^ Strang, Fay (21 April 2015). "Russell Kane is older than he claims - any ideas of his age?". mirror. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  39. ^ "INTERVIEW: Russell Kane on being 'in denial' about his age, why stand-up is still his passion and being a 'lord'". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  40. ^ Strang, by Fay; Updated (21 April 2015). "Russell Kane is older than he claims - any ideas of his age?". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  41. ^ Kane, Russell (21 October 2012). The Humorist. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0857209252.
  42. ^ Kane, Russell (31 October 2019). Son of Silverback. Penguin. ISBN 9781473554160.
  43. ^ "Son of a Silverback". Penguin. Retrieved 5 September 2021.

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