Who dares wins the laughs
Russell Kane's entire comedy career came out of a "cocky dare". Born in Enfield, Essex, to a cleaner and a sheet metal worker, Kane found his early life wasn't exactly awash with Bohemian, arty potential.
"I come from a chavvy council estate where no one went to university," says the 32-year-old Perrier Award-winning comic.
"I was the freak that went to college and managed to get a job in a marketing office, thinking up headlines for advertising.
"I'd made it. I was the first person from my family or street who got to sit on coloured bits of foam and get paid to think, rather than scrub or build."
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Admitting that he had never seen any live comedy before he actually did it himself, the office worker only initially took to the stage after a colleague dared him to be as funny in public as he was by the water cooler.
"I typed 'stand-up' into Google, clicked the first link for stand-up comedy in London, called them and said, 'How does it work?'"
"Comedy became something I did as a hobby after work. I was a copywriter and needed something unrelated to work to help me unwind.
"But once I started, I was like, 'Right, I want to win the Perrier Comedy Award'."
With his first foray into open mic comedy an unexpected success, his way was paved for an stellar career that has seen him win accolades for his stage work, as well as a burgeoning TV career, hosting shows such as Live At the Electric and Britain Unzipped.
His particularly memorable, booty-shaking performance as Beyoncé on Let's Dance For Comic Relief has so far attracted 851,000 hits on Youtube.
Kane's latest touring show, Posturing Delivery, arrives at Hull City Hall, next week, when the comedian will be trying to burn off some of his excess energy by trying to give birth live on stage.
"I've got bags of energy," he says. "I can never get it out and since I started stand-up, it's like an exfoliation, an expulsion, it all comes out every night."