Buy The Humorist by Russell Kane (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. 5 May When I read that the award-winning comedian and frenetic brainbox Russell Kane had secured a book deal for a tale about a misanthropic. 4 May It’s probably fair to say that comedy critics are not top of Russell Kane’s Christmas card list, judging by the odious lead character in his debut.

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Clearly this is not everyone’s cup of tea. Surprised at the low reviews on here! The story is transparently thin, his language is messy and all over “A great read, by turns funny, sinister and macabre,” writes The Times in their review of this book. I s Russell Kane brewing over a bad review? I think what was most lacking was the development of the secondary characters.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It was very waffly, unnecessarily. Sign up for the latest news on authors, books, events, video and more. Not particularly amusing or interesting.

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I struggled with this. Join our mailing list. I wasn’t looking for ‘deep’ character development per se, but I was looking for something more incisively witty than was provided. Also, Kane’s command of the language is rusell.

What a waste of time. Nov 14, Irina dewi rated it did not like it.

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The Humorist by Russell Kane

I didn’t finish it. Not sure what Benjamins motivation was though? Only got four chapters into this and had to give up. Not terrible but not great either. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I humoeist this for a review, probably wouldn’t have continued with it if I hadn’t been reviewing it but I did find myself caught up in the story, wanting to know how it would play out. I’m pretty darn sure I did not read that same book.

Preview — The Humorist by Russell Kane. The Humorist Paperback Yet Benjamin is cursed, too: Some people will love it. Gemma rated it really liked it Nov 18, I barely made it past the first two chapters before giving up the will to live Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Philip rated it liked it Aug 31, Kane heaps unpleasantness upon unpleasantness on to this hateful vermin. Aug 08, Sophie rated it did not like it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I found it tough to get through. Want to Read saving….

I don’t think that I’m the right sort of audience for this book. For a story about the world’s funniest joke, set in the world of Stand-up Comedy, I don’t rusell one actual laugh in the book. Violence is described in lavish detail, with snapping bones and leakages of every conceivable bodily fluid. The story is transparently thin, his language is messy and all over the place, and up until the last twenty or so pages, I was waiting for the actual story to begin.

Listen to our Podcasts kwne SoundCloud. Topics Fiction The Observer. Apr 27, David Ross humorixt it really liked it. Trivia About The Humorist. Savant reviewer Benjamin White is the ultimate example of the eunuch in the harem: It turns out that White has discovered the potent secret of comedy. Ironically Kane is pretty good at dissecting the workings of stand-up himself. Sadly the rest of the story isn’t as interesting, the book begins at the end of the story – when the protagonist, Benjamin White, has used his discovery to literally slay the audience at The London Comedy Store.


Shame, because I really wanted to kanf it. It turns out that it’s not the material but the yhe it’s delivered that’s crucial, and the ideal set involves pelvic thrusting, the “Hicks brow” and a pose that’s equal parts dinosaur and porn star.

The Humorist, by Russell Kane

There’s a lesson in there somewhere for people who think their job is interesting enough to base a book on. Forgive and Forget By Patricia Scanlan. Plot-wise, not a whole lot happens, but we get a detailed portrait of our character, and the psyche of a man gifted with a deep understanding of humour, but cursed with an inability to laugh.