Russell Howard releases live show minutes

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Russell cut a recent short performance (Photo: Sky TV)

Comedian Russell Howard didn’t see the funny side when he stepped out of a live show – after just five minutes.

His strop came at a concert in Bristol on Wednesday because a member of the audience was filming him.

The comedian was about five minutes from his set on the outdoor terrace of the downtown Bambalan bar when he noticed a woman in the front row pointing her phone at him.

Mr Howard, who grew up in Bristol and attended the University of the West of England, showed genuine frustration at the woman’s efforts to record her gags and said: ‘It is literally the worst thing you can do ”.

He told the woman to ‘live in the moment’ and asked her how she would like someone to start filming her at her workplace, before mimicking doing it by pulling out her phone and pointing at the camera. on her.

The stand-up, who was using the concert to test new material ahead of their next tour, said comedians are a “dying breed” and one reason is that they are afraid people will film potentially risky content. or invisible and download it. on YouTube, which could ruin their act.

Russell Howard sur le Jonathan Ross Show

He said he was looking forward to the concert (Photo: Brian J Ritchie / Hotsauce / REX)

Clearly shaken by the incident, he then informed the crowd of around 45 that he would just be doing “safe stuff from here on out” before getting into an old routine.

But he quickly lost his way and turned to the woman who had filmed and said ‘you messed it up now’.

“I was really looking forward to this concert,” he said, before apologizing to the crowd, picking up his backpack from behind the stage and heading for the exit, leaving a stunned audience behind.

The woman, visibly a little embarrassed, told fellow members of the audience that she was only taking photos and a few videos like others had been, but a man sitting at the other end of the patio screamed ‘You film the whole fuck thing’.

Event organizer and fellow Mark Olver, who had previously had to overcome an interruption caused by a heavy downpour which in turn led to a power outage, was clearly taken aback and a bit at a loss for his words as he was going back to the microphone sooner than he would have been. expected.

“I’m not sure what to say,” he said as the puzzled audience watched, but how any good friend would have recovered from the delicate situation to end the eventful night with a laugh.

Tickets for the event, which also included sets from Jarred Christmas, Abi Clarke and Louise Leigh, were £ 5 and it was not released to the crowd they are expected to refrain from taking photos and video footage .

Speaking after the event, Mr Olver said he should have been clearer in telling people not to do this, adding that he understood why Mr Howard cut his set short.

“It’s important that when Acts test new material, people have to understand that they don’t want a video there,” he said.

“The sets for this kind of event are a work in progress.

“Most people understand that, but I should have been clearer at the start of the concert to explain it to people.

“I like to create a space where the comics feel free to experiment and comfortable trying new things, and I fully understand why Russell cut his set a bit.

“He’s gutted and didn’t want to disappoint anyone, but comedy is something you have to write in front of people and having a recording of that process out there in the world makes it really hard to create. ”

A spokesperson for Russell Howard said: “Any comedian whose set is recorded on a new material night would find it distracting.

“The beauty of performing arts, especially in this weird time, is that it’s meant only for the venue.

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