British comedian Russell Howard stopped in Seattle last Wednesday night on his Round the World Biggest Ever Live Tour for a show at the Illsely Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. There were so many British people in the audience I had the urge to shout, “The British are coming, the British are coming!”, but I know better than to heckle at a Russell Howard show. He’s quick witted and it has not turned out well for other fans before myself, but it is always hilarious to witness. Honestly, I can’t ever recall seeing that many British people in one place in Seattle in all my years living here, but how wonderful it was to see them out for the evening supporting Russell Howard.
For those not familiar with Russell Howard, he’s had his own success in stand up comedy in the UK that landed him his own show called Russell Howard’s Good News that makes light of all the things going on in the UK and around the world and highlights some of the good things going on. His stand up comedy has been heard all over the world. He’s also done a show here in the USA recently with his mum which is pretty funny and often times his mum is more of the comedian than he is! Check out some footage of his projects below:
USA Road Trip on Comedy Central:
Russell Howard’s Good News:
Russell Howard‘s set in Seattle was just under 2 hours and was packed full of laughter. Fans who love British humor easily got all of his jokes, those who didn’t quite get British humor weren’t left out during this show. Russell Howard left nothing off limits in his set. Everything was a target from his family, growing up, young love, sex, the USA, England, Trump, country music… pretty much anything was game, including the group that arrived in the front row just after his set started and the 2 women that tried to sneak out to the bathroom without being noticed. Russell Howard has a basic scripted set he works with, but then just let’s his set take on it’s own life each night at each show allowing for an unpredictable show. A few things we learned about Russell Howard in Seattle, to sing “Thank you Jesus for sending Russell” and that he’s really wanting the female version of “T-Bagging” to take off as #Muffulin (use your imagination, all you have to know is what “T-Bagging” is to understand that one). Any brave women out there who do this should tag Russell Howard hahaaaaa, I am sure he would love to know he started that trend. My seat mates and I were left in uncontrollable laughter after that point. One of the best nights of laughter I’ve had in a long time.
All jokes aside, Russell Howard is also involved in charitable causes to help those in need. One which he shared during the show was Comic Relief that raised money to help those in need in Liberia. It is always great to see those in the public eye share about being involved in charitable causes and encouraging others to give of themselves. Great work!
Opening for Russell Howard in Seattle was Amy Miller. She put on a great 30 minute set that had the audience laughing at her jokes about dogs that are jerks, always looking like a teacher, and boyfriends. Amy Miller was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Amy Miller is now based out of LA and works comedy clubs and festivals around the country, working with headliners from Norm Macdonald to Arsenio Hall to singer Ryan Adams.
Russell Howard‘s 2017 North American tour ended on Friday night in San Francisco but he’s still touring around the world through out 2017. Keep an eye on his website and social media for future tour dates in the USA. He’s sure to be back and it is a show not to miss.