Russell Kane’s prepared to beg for Strictly spot

Comic Russell Kane wants to do Strictly Come Dancing so much that he’s considering calling show bosses to beg for a place.

The 32-year-old, who impressed with his routine to Beyonce’s Single Ladies on Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, said he definitely wants to sign up to the BBC dance contest.

The funnyman said: “I love dancing. If I could have chosen one other showbiz profession, and I never thought I’d go into showbiz, if I could go back now to five years ago and become some famous dancer I’d love it. I just love music, I’m a very physical comedian, I’m double jointed, I’m hyper-mobile, I love expressing myself that way.”

He said of Strictly: “I don’t know if I would do it this year just because I’ve got so much going on – not that they’ve called me. But I think I can see myself calling them and begging them in a few years.”

Asked about his ideal Strictly partner, he said: “Probably a man, to be controversial.”

Russell has been performing surprise stand-up routines in unusual locations to promote Barclaycard Unwind’s special offers on entertainment. So far he has appeared at a launderette, yoga class and lecture hall to make unsuspecting members of the public laugh.

Catching them by surprise led to mistaken identity, he said.

“They all think I’m (Radio I breakfast DJ) Nick Grimshaw,” Russell admitted.


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