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Arts Q&A: Russell Kane on Iris Murdoch, Fifth Harmony and Bicentennial Man

Brian Campbell puts artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week: London comic Russell Kane

Russell Kane comes to Cookstown on June 18 and to Strabane on June 19
Russell Kane comes to Cookstown on June 18 and to Strabane on June 19 Russell Kane comes to Cookstown on June 18 and to Strabane on June 19

1. When did you think about comedy as a career and what were your first steps into it?

I never did. Someone in the office just told me I was funny and dared me to try it.

2. Best gigs you’ve been to?

Daniel Kitson stand-up in Edinburgh, Beethoven Sonata recitals at Wigmore Hall in London and hearing Jon Ronson speak about his work.

3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?

Fifth Harmony.

4. The record you’d take to a desert island?

Beethoven Sonata 14.

5. And the book?

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.

6. Top three films?

Jean de Florette, Alien and Groundhog Day.

7. Worst film you’ve seen?

Bicentennial Man.

8. Favourite authors?

Flaubert, Anthony Trollope and Iris Murdoch.

9. Sports you most enjoy and top teams?

None. I loathe all sport.

10. Ideal holiday destination?

The Maldives.

11. Pet hate?

Selfishness.

12. What’s your favourite:

Dinner? Jalfrezi.

Dessert? Fruit and fine cheese.

Drink? Espresso Martini.

13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other?

Daniel Stone. We met at swimming lessons when we were eight.

14. Is there a God?

No.

Russell Kane brings his show Right Man Wrong Age to the Burnavon Theatre in Cookstown on Saturday June 18 and to the Alley Theatre in Strabane on Sunday June 19 (www.russellkane.co.uk).