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Russell Kane’s Live at the Rose show has been selected as number one in The Guardian’s funniest shows of 2020.

‘… the best performance of 2020, for me, has to be the one that nailed – and made urgently funny – what it’s like to be alive, here and now, in pandemic Britain. The weird new behaviours and the ever-changing rules. The precious things we’ve lost. The malign incompetence of the government. That performance was Russell Kane’s.

‘For 40 minutes at the top of a Saturday night bill in south-west London, this most hyperactive of comics hurled himself at the black comedy of Covid, as if channelling our collective anxiety to power this fierce, funny and heartfelt rejection of the world the pandemic has threatened to create. It was a thrilling reminder of what comedy can do, even if that didn’t, alas, extend to stopping Covid: the theatre closed for lockdown 2.0 the next day.’

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