Laid back comedian Jack Russell effortlessly commands attention delivering rewarding stream-of-consciousness observations on anything from dog passports to the Glastonbury Festival. His sophisticated jokes often boast two or three punch lines, each funnier than the last. Jack¹s set is a
wonderful mix of the physical and the cerebral, the profane and the profound. He has a drama degree and onstage is a pacing, physical performer, expressive and charmingly confident.
Born in Wales to Irish parents who raised him Surrey, he has a fascinating pedigree and clearly enjoys playing around with different stereotypes, both religious and social. He was brought up as a Catholic "so much guilt, so little time to feel bad" and his storytelling ability is classic Irish with the surreal twist, which keeps the laughter coming.
Brunel University Drama & History Degree
1990 National Tour played lead role as Stan Laurel in The Understudy in Brunel University Touring Theatre Co
1991 Shakespear Season at Holland Park Open Air Theatre
1995 Edinburgh - The Tim Vine Fiasco (voted Perrier Best Newcomer);
1996 Edinburgh - The Tim Vine Shambles; 1996 Big Value Comedy Show, Cafe Royal, Edinburgh
1997-2001 Jack performs stand-up comedy at clubs, festivals etc. all around the UK. He has also performed as far afield as Bali and Dubai plus corporate event clients including British Telecom and 2,000 bikers at a Santa Pod rally. Winner Buxton Festival Best Comedy Show, June 2000.
2001 Edinburgh - performed hour long solo show at The Stand Comedy Club.
TV & Radio
BBCR5 Live, BBC Choice Net.comedy; C4 11 o¹clock show. XFM (pilot).
Jack is currently concentrating on writing and acting and has been showcasing work in and around London.
"Experienced and nimble-witted" - London Evening Standard
"Seriously sharp satirist ... his views on leading Tories sizzled to the touch" - Huddersfield Daily Examiner
"Highly enjoyable" "always inventive" - Time Out
"Jack Russell lived up to his name, a sharp confident comedian who dealt brilliantly with the rowdier members of the audience" - The Scotsman
"His manic sequence involving BT salesmen showed just what a consummate storyteller he is, building from gag to gag until he finally reached the punch line" - Weekender, July 2001
"Russell has a great gift for the visually absurd" - The Stage