Russell Howard has spent most of his adult life as a professional comedian, and his latest tour Around The World – his first in a few years – seems to be a perfectly-balanced coming together of his many previous ventures.
From TV series Good News, to his Comedy Central show Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and regular appearances on practically every half-decent panel show in the UK, at 37 Howard is fast becoming a veteran of the comedy scene – and his new show perhaps reflects that experience better than previous tours.
The 90-minute show is a whistle-stop tour of pretty much everything that is Russell Howard. Socially-observant and politically-opinionated as ever – there’s an air of indifference which ensures it remains firmly tongue in cheek, and doesn’t veer close to becoming a lecture.
Ever-present too are brilliant retellings of his Bristolian family’s idiosyncrasies, a bit of a trademark for Howard; which during his show at Dubai College Auditorium also couples well with stories of his previous ventures when visiting Dubai. One thing Howard does exceptionally well, though, is to make sure the audience leaves with a feeling of optimism, which was a hallmark of his Good News show. So much stand-up comedy can just be all doom and gloom with little upside, but Howard always tries to find a ray of light, a bit of hope, and that is something which helps to distinguish him as one of the world’s best comedians.
We’re obviously not going to go into detail on too much of the set, instead we’d encourage you to go check out one of the remaining two nights while he’s in town. This certainly feels like it could be Howard’s best show yet, and while a Netflix special is coming at the end of this mega USA, Australian and European tour; we strongly recommend bagging a ticket while you can and seeing him in person.
From Dhs295. Apr 21-22. Dubai College Auditorium, Knowledge Village, www.800tickets.com.