The Rus­sell Howard Hour

RUS­SELL HOWARD takes a comic look at the week’s sto­ries

TV & Satellite Week - - News -

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT Sky1 HD, 10pm/

Sky1+1, 11pm The stand-up co­me­dian gives his unique take on the week’s news with the help of celebrity guests.

‘IT’S FAIR TO say the world is in­sane at the mo­ment,’ says Rus­sell Howard in the teaser for his new Sky1 se­ries – and given some of the sto­ries that have been mak­ing head­lines re­cently, it’s hard to dis­agree.

As the 37-year-old co­me­dian re­turns to pick apart the news, we asked him to tell us more...

IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE YOUR LAST TELE­VI­SION SE­RIES. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO? I’ve been on a world tour. Now I’m back... and I’ve got frogs in my gar­den. That’s been the big rev­e­la­tion.

AN IN­FES­TA­TION? It feels like that. Since I’ve been away, they’ve been grow­ing. Now they’re jump­ing into my kitchen ev­ery time I open the door. There are am­phib­ians ev­ery­where!

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS NEW SHOW? It’s kind of pick­ing up from the end of Good News and the tour, where we got into meatier sub­jects. We also have some bril­liant guests: John Oliver, Jamie Oliver, Naomi Klein,

Greg Davies, Tim Minchin. IN THE TRAILER YOU DE­SCRIBE THE NEWS TO­DAY AS ‘TER­RI­FY­ING’. WHAT ARE YOU FIND­ING MOST SCARY? The in­jus­tice of it all. I found out that 28 per cent of kids in the UK are go­ing to school mal­nour­ished, and yet we spent £3.7 mil­lion on sub­sidised lunches for MPS in Par­lia­ment. I find it a lot eas­ier to write about things I care about.

ARE YOU GET­TING ANGRIER WITH AGE? I’ve al­ways been pretty an­gry. I may have a hor­ri­ble, smi­ley, boy-band face, but if you lis­ten to me

I’ve al­ways been moan­ing.

WHAT WERE THE HIGH­LIGHTS OF YOUR WORLD TOUR? The coolest with­out doubt was do­ing 10 gigs at the Al­bert Hall [beat­ing the pre­vi­ous record run by Frank Si­na­tra]. My mate said it was ‘Old Blue Eyes beaten by Young Lazy Eyes’.

ARE YOU DO­ING ANY MORE TV ROAD TRIPS WITH YOUR MUM? Yes, in Jan­uary [for Com­edy Cen­tral]. We’re go­ing to Asia. But it’s put a mas­sive strain on my par­ents’ mar­riage – mum is now in­cred­i­bly bored sat at home with dad!

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