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Top 10 Russell Howard Moments

VO: Richard Bush WRITTEN BY: Marc Turner
From topical panel shows to acclaimed one-man shows. Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 Russell Howard Moments. For this list we’ll be focusing on the most memorable moments from the career of one of Britain’s most popular comedians, including stand-out stand-up performances, memorable interviews, and other public appearances. Special thanks to our user Izzi carlisle for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Russell Howard Moments


From topical panel shows to acclaimed one-man shows. Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 Russell Howard Moments.

For this list we’ll be focusing on the most memorable moments from the career of one of Britain’s most popular comedians, including stand-out stand-up performances, memorable interviews, and other public appearances.

#10: Why Are Girls’ Toys So Patronising?
“The Russell Howard Hour” (2017-)


Russell typically uses this news-based show to address important issues in a humorous but also informative way - as in this routine, when he rounds on entrenched gender stereotypes. Having denounced how different toys are targeted at boys and girls, he goes on to look at slogans on children’s clothing. While the jokes keep coming, Howard never trivialises the issue, delivering his message with a genuine passion that shows how strongly he believes in it.

#9: Grumpy Children
“Room 101” (1994-2007, 2012-)


A regular on comedy panel shows, here we see Russell try to consign spoilt kids into Room 101 - and he doesn’t mince words. Although the host, Frank Skinner, surprises everyone with a school photo of Howard himself, the comedian takes it all in his stride with some trademark self-deprecation. And his pitch eventually gets Skinner musing on poor parenting in general, which leads Russell into a dessert-themed - and far from angelic - family anecdote of his own.

#8: Under the Bed
“Friday Night With Jonathan Ross” (2001-10)


Whenever Russell’s interviewed it’s an entertaining affair, but this 2009 moment with Jonathan Ross really sums him up. He’s giving insight into writing comedy, when he relates an over-awkward story - and doesn’t skimp on the details. Howard explains how he once hid under his brother’s bed, intending to surprise him when he returned home - but the practical joke didn’t exactly go to plan. He clearly has a close relationship with his family, but this is just a bit too close.

#7: Things That Can F**k Off
“Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central” (2015-)


This show sees Russell perform stand-up in front of a live audience in Camden, answering questions from social media as he goes. And for this routine, he rants through some of his pet peeves. After taking aim at Channel 4 documentaries and the word “chihuahua”, he turns his scorn on men who want praise for pointing out the obvious. All in, Russell’s pent up rage seems an unstoppable force, and his comic explanations get weirder by the second.

#6: The Stegosaurus
“Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central” (2015-)


Sticking with “Stand-Up Central”, and Russell’s reading out audience comments mid-routine, until he pounces on an especially unusual message from a woman called Tia. But then Tia introduces herself, and Howard’s quip quickly backfires. Fortunately for Russell, Tia sees the funny side, allowing the clearly embarrassed comedian to salvage his respectability by making himself the butt of the joke.

#5: The House of Lords
“The Russell Howard Hour” (2017-)


Next, we’re reflecting on the average House of Lords’ expenditure, and Russell isn’t happy. In fact, he’s irate. And he mounts a momentous argument against the flawed system, underlining his points by revealing the outrageous things that some Lords genuinely complain about or claim for. Whilst Howard is careful to praise peers who are doing important work, he shines a damning spotlight on those seeming to waste taxpayers’ money. Only Russell can pick apart politics by mimicking a posh person watching tennis.

#4: The Queen Joins Twitter
“Russell Howard’s Good News” (2009-15)


In 2014, the Queen sent her first tweet to mark the opening of an exhibit at the Science Museum. So, naturally, Russell has a few suggestions about what other tweets she could send. Unfortunately, where there’s Twitter there are trolls, and even the Queen couldn’t escape some abuse - but Howard has the perfect response. Those insults were nothing compared to what was directed at the then UKIP leader, though - as Russell finishes the skit by rounding up the best of ‘#AskNigelFarage’.

3: Why is America Obsessed with Guns?
“Russell Howard’s Good News” (2009-15)


As Russell explains how the 2015 Paris terror attacks led to a surge in applications for gun permits in America, he’s very clearly unimpressed with the gun lobbyists. And to illustrate his point, he deconstructs an interview with a determined gun manufacturer who puts Christian symbols on automatic rifles. Russell’s blatant bewilderment only increases after hearing how the gun-maker encourages Christians to take up arms, leading the comedian to make his own observations.

#2: Selfies
“The Russell Howard Hour” (2017-)


As we’ve seen, Russell doesn’t shy away from the important issues, and here he addresses the rising rate of self-harm among teenage girls, and the links with social media. Howard starts off stunned thanks to Kim Kardashian’s selfie routine, before he begins an impassioned defence of real memories over fake, social media records - telling stories from his own childhood as evidence. And amid all the humour, he doesn’t lose sight of the victims themselves.

#1: The Fan With Cancer
“Russell Howard: Wonderbox Live” (2014)


We finish at the end of Russell’s 2014 stand-up tour - and Howard has an amusing yet poignant tale to tell, involving a 14-year-old fan with cancer. He explains the boy’s courage in the face of illness and how he’d planned his own funeral, even designing the fancy dress costumes for everyone to wear - and issuing a special, unconventional request to Howard. Russell relays the details with trademark humour and sincerity, before revealing a spectacular twist ending - leaving everyone with smiles on their faces.
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