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Interview: Russell Howard previews his Respite tour

The comedy star's latest tour kicks off later this month.

Russell Howard is preparing to bring his latest show Respite on the road.

The tour follows the record-breaking success of Round the World in 2017 and marks the comedian and presenter’s biggest global stand-up tour to date.

Russell Howard launches his Respite tour on 18 September 2019 in Birmingham, for a run of dates that includes two headline appearances at London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley in October 2019.

In this interview, filmed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Russell previews what fans coming to the shows can expect, discusses travelling with his mum and explains how he has to alter his set for different audiences around the globe.


Russell Howard began his career with radio work for the BBC, before making regular TV appearances on the likes of Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Howard currently hosts the acclaimed Sky One hit The Russell Howard Hour, having built a reputation presenting the likes of Russell Howard’s Good News on the BBC between 2009 and 2015.

He has also been snapped up for a Netflix special, releasing Recalibrate at the end of 2017.

He has since secured a number of ongoing series, from his BBC and Sky One residencies to the likes of Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and Russell Howard & Mum: USA Road Trip for Comedy Central.

Howard has seen significant praise for both his stand-up and presenting work, with The Sunday Times declaring that “world domination is looming”.

Here are Russell Howard’s upcoming UK dates:

18 September 2019 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
19 September 2019 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
20 September 2019 – P&J Live, Aberdeen
21 September 2019 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
22 September 2019 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
23 September 2019 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
24 September 2019 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
26 September 2019 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
27 September 2019 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
28 September 2019 – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
29 September 2019 – Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
30 September 2019 – Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
2 October 2019 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
3 October 2019 – The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
4 October 2019 – The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
5 October 2019 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

29 June 2020 – Hippodrome, Bristol
30 June 2020 – Hippodrome, Bristol
1 July 2020 – Hippodrome, Bristol
2 July 2020 – Hippodrome, Bristol
3 July 2020 – Hippodrome, Bristol
4 July 2020 – Hippodrome, Bristol

20 September 2020 – Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London
21 September 2020 – Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London
23 September 2020 – Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London

Tickets for Russell Howard’s Respite tour are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.