Thursday, 2 September 2010

The name's Kane…

Essex Comedian Russell Kane wows Edinbugh…

Essex is surely Britain's funniest county. Good to see Westcliff-on-Sea resident Russell Kane win the Edinburgh Comedy Award. Kane is on record as saying he will never leave Southend and Essex features heavily in his act.

His Fakespeare had a version of Shakespeare set in Essex, where King Nigellio was a banker contemplating suicide after the credit crunch, along with his mistress, Donna from "Billericoy". In his act he describes his cockney dad who has "neck muscles so strong he can climb stairs with them" and who thinks all Penguin Classics readers are gay and would tell Russell he's proud of him, but he's off to his shed instead.

We can add Kane's name to Phill Jupitus, James Corden, Russell Brand and Lee Evans. What is it that makes Essex people funny? Could it be the self-deprecating banter of the exiled East Ender culture that is instilled from school days, the heritage of Ian Dury and Essex Man, or just the fact there's so much material in the hinterlands of the A13?

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