UK stand-up Russell Kane is bringing The English Variant to Australia

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UK stand-up Russell Kane is bringing The English Variant to Australia

Russell Kane
Words by Staff Writer

Russell Kane, winner of Australia’s biggest gong The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award, finally returns to OZ with his UK and European sell-out smash tour The English Variant. 

True to form, this latest show is defined by Kane’s hyperkinetic performance energising the room. Expect 10,000 steps minimum.

Russell Kane Australian tour

  • Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre Two Monday 13 November
  • Sydney Factory Theatre – JFL Sydney Thursday 16 November
  • Brisbane Princess Theatre Sunday 19 November

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Russell Kane is on a burning hot streak in 2023. As well co-hosting live TV shows on Channel 4 most weeks, his chart-smashing BBC Radio 4 show Evil Genius has been turned into TV by BBC Studios and will appear on Sky TV in November 2023. He also recently helped present a prime-time, conversation-changing documentary about men’s bodies and sperm counts. This year he performed headline slots at Latitude (“highlight of the arena”) – as well headlining both Reading and Leeds festivals.

He is a regular on Channel 4, BBC, and ITV: all the usual panel shows on which you see funny motor-mouth.  He’s also a writer, actor, and presenter.  He drinks lots of coffee and is ‘like that in real life’.

He was the first ever comedian to bag the two most prestigious comedy awards on earth in the same year, for the same show: Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier), and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award. He’s also a raving bighead that likes listing his achievements.

He has bagged Five Star reviews in The Age, The Times, Time Out, Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. Recent TV appearances include Live At The Apollo, The Stand Up Sketch Show and Michael McIntryre’s Big Show, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and The One Show.

Tickets on sale Monday 14 August 9am. Book at