INTERVIEW: Russell Kane reveals snippets from his Right Man, Wrong Age show
PUBLISHED: 11:57 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:05 11 November 2016
This interview was originally written by Brian Donaldson
Russell Kane is a changed man. For his Right Man, Wrong Age tour, you may encounter someone with a new look, fresh perspectives and a different approach to his comedy.
“In the last year I’ve been married and had a baby. I’ve changed my hair, I’ve changed my look, I’ve thrown all my eyeliner in the bin. I literally went to my wardrobe one day and got all my ridiculous clothes and took them to the Sue Ryder shop for some oter man having a midlife crisis then then bought the four exact same suits in different colours from Topman.
“Then I got my hair as flat as it can go and I thought, ‘that’s it: this is me now.’”
In the world of stand-up, acts are continually expected to evolve and grow and turn over a significant amount of material every one or two years. For some this burden might prove too much, but for Mr kane this is a challenge he relishes.
“I’ll keep changing, and I don’t really ever want to stand still. I don’t care if it confuses people about where I’m coming from. I’m protean; I don’t want to be recognisable in five years’ time; that’s what keeps my writing going.
“One day I’m learning Spanish, the next I’m learning survivalism. I might so my maths GCSE next week: who knows?”
For now though, Mr Kane is focused on making Right Man, Wrong Age th best show it can possibly be. His topic this time around is how we never quite feel the life-stage that we’re in and the age that we’re at, whether we’re 80 or 18.
“When you’re 18, you look in the mirror and think ‘I know what I want to do, so why am I trapped in this 18-year-old body? Al1 while the 80-year-old is still waltzing and dancing around in their head.
“That’s going to be my jumping off point and from there I’ll do lots of accessible observations as well as the odd thinky bit. But I don’t want to disappear up my own bum with this show, I just want to go on in my suit, like Michael McIntyre or Peter Kay, and just be funny and have lots of big laughs. My only job in life is to be funny.”
Inevitably his new fatherhood status will have to be addressed in his show. As ever with Mr Kane, he’ll work hard to avoid easy clichés and tired stereotypes as he tackles a subject that has been raised on many a stage by several generations of comedians.
“It’s so hack to talk about having babies that I need to find another way in. It’s like walking into Pret at 5pm and there’s one boiled egg left: that’s what’s left to say about childbirth.
“But when you’re coming at it from a male point of view, you need to find a way in. I’ve never heard a man talk about caesarean section, so that might be the way to go.”
As well as his tour Mr Kane also has ambitions to tap into the online market. “I’ve not really seen other stand-ups doing it; I’ve seen some using their social media and doing bits of sketches but I haven’t seen many take the risk of doing stand-up down the barrel of a camera, posting it and seeing what happens.
“I did a thing recently, which I called The Kaneing, where I looked at a celebrity news story and put it on my Facebook wall. I was worried it might seem a bit embarrassing and desperate, but it got 64,000 views overnight.”
The Right Man, Wrong Age tour is coming to Gravesend’s Woodville Theatre on November 27.
Of The Woodville, he said: “I’m buzzing to be coming to Gravesend. I rarely cross the border from Essex, but for the Woodville…. I’m getting my Kent Visa stamped!”
Tickets can be purchased from woodville.seatlive.com
The stage show is also coming to Margate’s Theatre Royal on November 30.
For tickets visit theatreroyalmargate.com