Reviewlet: Russell Howard

I went to see Russell Howard, sometimes known as “the young blonde one off Mock the Week”, the other night. Didn’t quite catch the name of his support act, Mark someone, but he wasn’t bad; bonus geek points for the first mention of a Slingbox I’ve seen in stand up comedy.

Russell himself has an amazing energy, a quick “any questions?” to get things going leads into a gangsta-aunty-on-facebook riff and then he’s freewheeling away, no obvious structure, no stopping to think, barely a pause over the next hour and a half. He never loses the audience, though, sweeping us along with him. If there’s any theme to his material it’s of hopefulness and optimism, child-like wonder, of things being great and magical. Great performer, very funny.