Essex boy Russell Kane is another of the crop of UK comics using their talents to forge a wide-ranging media career. He has presented both I’m a Celebrity and Big Brother’s Big Mouth, commanded his own show on Q Radio and regularly appears on various panel shows. He is also universally tipped to be the next stand-up who breaks through from rooms like the Glee Club into theatres around the country.

Watching Russell Kane live is a completely exhausting experience — pleasantly exhausting, but exhausting nonetheless. Kane talks and delivers his gags at what feels like a hundred miles an hour. He launches into long spiels on a plethora of topics; it’s a challenge to keep up with him.

He mixes a quiet attempt at philosophy with a barrage of self- deprecation and, in this respect, he’s not unlike his namesake Russell Brand, but with far, far less ego and posturing on display.

He tackles his Essex roots, laying into his accent, his upbringing and the casual racism he witnessed growing up. He also manages to do a skit on Britain’s attitude to pornography, which is both graceful and charming, an incredible feat. His funniest routine of the night is reserved for the topic of men in middle age, who take great pride in their non-enjoyment of life. Mocking this, while bantering with the crowd, he quickly has the room in the palm of his hand.

Kane’s potential is obvious for all to see. He’s charismatic, he’s playful, he’s amiable and he’s very, very funny. He may have to slow down a bit if he wants to become a household name, though, for watching him is a gruelling experience, although gratifying. Those who see him live will leave with the same feeling you get after a good gym session or a long walk — one of tiredness, but also of complete satisfaction.