COMEDY REVIEW: Russell Kane @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House (12.5.17) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Russell Kane knows Geordies. A sharpsuited, pomade-dipped rake with the kind of boundless energy that only a backstreet pharmacist could tame, the multi-award winning comedian, actor and author is no stranger to the North side of the Tyne.

Differentiating effortlessly been the two types of Geordie (high-pitched and low-pitched), in love with the close-knit yet knockabout family dynamics and floored the by the stunning, dangerous beauty of born-and-bred northern women, Russell is a boy suddenly made man thanks to his very own nice Northern lass and the recent arrival of a baby daughter.

It’s this seismic entry of a new life into his own that his ‘Right Man, Wrong Age’ show hinges on. Eschewing for the most part the backbone of his blistering YouTube polemicals – Brexit pops its contentious, bruised head up a scant few times, and Herr Trump doesn’t even get a look in – Russell goes deep and shockingly personal with a journey from boyhood to the moment he became a man.

Weaving important issues of male identity, loneliness and unsharable existential angst together with cock socks, ill-advised spray tans, milk slugs and interspecies milking, this confident, highly introspective spectacle is a huge stride forward for the Essex lad, the man-making moment that ends the show landing a surprisingly poignant note and igniting a thundering standing ovation of the kind only Geordies can deliver.

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