Russell Howard says Newcastle gig was the ‘most bonkers’ of his tour so far after experiencing random heckling

Russell Howard has been on a sold out UK tour since March
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Russell Howard has been left confused after receiving random heckling from audience members throughout his UK comedy tour. The comedian, 43, who was born in Bristol, has been documenting his UK and Ireland tour in a series of  video diaries posted on his YouTube channel.

In the latest video diary, Russell is seen preparing to perform at Newcastle’s O2 City Hall, alongside his support act, Andrew Bird. The pair explore  the city, before making themselves comfortable backstage with snacks including coffee, McCoys crisps, chocolate fingers and KitKats.

Russell Howard says Newcastle gig was ‘bonkers’ after heckling. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)Russell Howard says Newcastle gig was ‘bonkers’ after heckling. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Russell Howard says Newcastle gig was ‘bonkers’ after heckling. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Russell explained that he did two “absolutely insane gigs” the day before in Newcastle with a very lively audience . The comedian said: “They were very drunk, very heckley, they were talking about greggs and nipples….it was really strange!” He added: “But, I Loved it!”

The comedian is seen enjoying a full English breakfast ahead of his matinee performance at the O2 City Hall, while Andrew has a veggie version. Russell said: “My perfect breakfast would be avocado on gluten-free toast with some spinach, and a sausage for my dog.”

Russell revealed that they “mostly just watch football“ and  sign tour posters for fans when they aren’t on stage during the tour.  “We are officially half-way through the tour, we’ve just done our 50th gig, here in Newcastle,” Russel said.

Russell admitted to his tour manager, Kumar Kamalagharan that he is confused by the heckles that he’s been receiving during the tour, saying: “We’ve had some weird heckles, it’s been mad.”

Kumar said: “It’s been the most bonkers of the whole tour so far, without a shadow of a doubt!”

Russell continued: “They’ve asked me to get my nipples out, there was a woman yesterday that screamed ‘greggs’ about 50 times, and there was a bloke telling me that ‘Elvis could get f*****!’ so we got to chat about that during the show a bit.”

After the evening show, he added: “Four gigs in Newcastle, without a doubt, the weirdest bunch we’ve heard. But again, some of the heckles, man Jesus Christ, so weird! It was lots of stuff - there was a really weird thing about Cambridge and again weird stuff about nipples.”He added: “I don’t know what it is….but it was fun!”