Celebrity Interview: Russell Kane

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Do men have a biological clock and what should they do about it if they do?

These are just some of the questions that Russell Kane will be pondering when he brings his new show, Posturing Delivery, to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on Saturday.

“Is there such a thing as a male biological clock?” asks the 32-year-old comic. “And if there is, what age is it? And if at that age, what should we do about it? Should men worry ‘what if I don’t ever have a baby’?

“Why is it that it is seen as some weird female thought? It’s not really. It takes two to raise a kid. And then, to explore that, I have a make-believe baby that I raise from zero to 18, and as he grows-up I tell little stories about my own childhood, based on that age and my dad, and what life might be like.

“I wouldn’t say I’m broody because I’m at a fork in the road where I could quite happily just live with cats and Google myself for the next 50 years, or I could marry someone and pop out some sprogs like a cat licking Baby-bio, and I feel like either path is walkable.

“If you said ‘well I can reveal the results you are not going to have children, you are going to have a wonderfully rich life with friends’, I would be fine. Or ‘good news you’ll be like the old-school comedians, they always have really big families and happy wives and everything’, I would be, like, great.

“It’s like trying to choose between an Indian and Chinese take-away on a Friday night. It’s two equally good choices, but you will always think, what would the noodles have been like if you bought a bhaji?”

As well as a successful career in comedy, which has seen him win the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award and a Barry Award, Russell has also written a novel, The Humorist.

“Writing has always been my ambition since I was little. I used to get exercise books and decorate them and put pretend ISBN codes on the back,” says Russell, who was the first in his family to go to university.

“I was working in a marketing office and sending off funny short stories. I got that book, the Writers and Artists’ Yearbook, and I went through it publication by publication and wrote a short story for every one, even Brownie Magazine. None of them got published.

“So someone in my office said ‘why don’t you try performing your stories yourself, at a poetry night or a stand-up night’.

“Stand-up was something I knew nothing about. I hadn’t seen it, wasn’t interested in it, it didn’t make me laugh. I certainly wouldn’t spend money going to watch it, I still never have, but I thought let’s give it a go.

“And I was good at it, so I thought, if I can do this instead of doing a job... and I did it, so here I am.”

So what is there left for the Britain Unzipped host to achieve?

“Manufactured goals I would say. I would love to appear in a movie, which is not because I am full of myself, but just so I can say to my mum, I’m in a film. More importantly I would like to do some more series of Unzipped and for it to become this massive series that everyone loves.”

Posturing Delivery is at Royal & Derngate on Saturday at 8pm. Tickets cost £18.50. To book call 01604 624811 or visit www.
royalandderngate.co.uk.