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Who Is Russell?

My family originally hailed from Leigh-on-Sea and Westcliff-on-Sea on the sunny Essex peninsula. 

By the time I popped out of mum we were living in North London. I was raised, and at the same time paradoxically lowered, on the lovely councilly streets of Brimsdown, Enfield. 

After uninspiring drug-assisted exam failures, I ended up working in a shop. Then I thought: "Sod this, what's Nineteenth Century Realism like?" and went and got a gleaming First in English. 

After that I worked in an office for bit - and that's when it happened... 

A dare. A curiosity. A one off. A 'let's see what'll happen'. 

And I had a go at stand-up comedy. 

Before I knew it, I was out of a proper job and performing monkey antics all over the world. I've won the two biggies in stand-up: The Edinburgh Comedy Award (used to be called The Perrier), and Australia's prestigious Barry Award. I do a national tour every year. I wrote  a play which went to the Soho theatre and even got staged at the RSC… Oh,  I've also written a novel. 

That's fucked up isn't it? Who taught chavs to read? 

I live, back where I belong, in Essex, with my cats Keith and Wayne and my pug Captain Colin. Currently banging a fittie called Lindsey from Manchester. 

I love cheese, anything curried, and the minimalist writings of Haruki Murakami.

My favourite word is defenestration.

Russell Kane