British Celebrity Spotlight | Russell Howard
Russell Joseph Howard (born 23 March 1980)is an English comedian and presenter best known for his TV show Russell Howard’s Good News and his appearances on the topical panel TV show Mock The Week. He won “Best Compère” at the 2006 Chortle Awards and was nominated for an if.comedy award for his 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show.
Howard has two younger siblings, twins, Kerry, an actress, and Daniel, a systems analyst who suffers from epilepsy, a fact which Howard often references during his act. Indeed, in April 2010, Howard ran the Virgin London Marathon for the first time with both his brother and sister, to raise money for the National Society for Epilepsy. He completed the 26 mile course in 4 hours and 15 minutes, beating his target time of 5 hours. Sponsorship has raised over £7,000 to date.
Howard supports Liverpool Football Club and says that he is “deadly serious” about football. “I still go down the pub and play football with my mates”, he commented in 2010.
In terms of political views, Howard appeared at Friends of the Earth’s LIVEstock comedy and music event at the Hammersmith Apollo in support of the green campaign group’s Food Chain Campaign for planet-friendly farming, on 12 November 2009.
For Sport Relief 2010 he took part in the BT Sport Relief Million Pound Bike Ride, with David Walliams, Jimmy Carr, Fearne Cotton, Miranda Hart, Patrick Kielty, and Davina McCall. They cycled from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in 4 days trying to raise 1 million pounds.