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It seems safe to say the short-lived glory days of the series are already behind us, seemingly in favour of the producers tilting the Hoxton branch of Toni & Guy and employing whoever tumbles out. For those comedy fans who wouldn't know Stewart Lee from Kristen Stewart, Russell Kane discovers that people from different regions of the UK are different, Marcel launches his smut-drenched autobiog and half of Totally Tom embraces his Scottish side in a typically overblown manner. Live at the Appalling, more like.
Live at the Electric is neither live nor, I suspect, filmed at 'the Electric', but a studio-bound attempt to recreate the atmosphere of a late-night comedy club. It mixes stand-up, filmed excerpts, sketches, musical turns and character comedy, with the occasional Muppet Show-inspired glimpse backstage to witness techies exchanging banter.
Russell Kane returns for a third outing of the series filmed in front of a live audience at the fictitious venue. Once again, his stand-up is interspersed with sketches and films from up-and-coming acts, with Totally Tom returning as the inappropriate backstage crew, and Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan launching an unusual anti-smoking product. There are new additions, too, as selected via an open call. Luke McQueen stands out with his attempts to woo his ex with battle rap and James Blunt-alike Alex Smith serenades Middle England.
The idea of Live At The Electric is perfect on paper. But upon watching the show, the hope that it could be anywhere near as good as it seemed on paper floats further and further into the realms of fantasy.
Written by Conor Macgregor. On the Box, 5th July 2013
The BBC must've been delighted with the first series of Russell Kane's Live at the Apollo-for-yoofs - a third season is already in production, before the second batch has even aired. The format remains largely unchanged for Live at the Electric 2.0: Kane introduces a mix of character comics and sketch acts with a younger, trendier edge than McIntyre's relatively geriatric affairs.
Russell Kane is rushing about BBC schedules with the same camp mania as he does his standup stage. Not only did he do Britain Unzipped and How To Win Eurovision, he's now the self-styled "fluffer" for a series of new-school sketch comics on Live At The Electric. There's "France's premier misanthropist and lover" Marcel Lucont, sharing his sex advice (drinking wine in a turtleneck, natch), slightly stale faux review show Film Fizz, and Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan doing their shambolic savant thing as Two Episodes Of Mash.
If you get aroused at sketch and character mirth, Russell Kane tells us, you're in the right place (actually he puts it in a more sexual way) because this show is a platform for fresh comedy talent. We're at the puerile end of the humour scale here, with some skits so surreal as to be almost pointless. But there are flashes of wit and the occasional gem.
Jane Rackham, Radio Times, 4th July 2013
Russell Kane talks about Twitter sex, falling in love with a fan and a funnyman's best friend: Colin the pug.
Written by Jasmine Gardner. Evening Standard, 12th June 2013
Lady Garden have caused a stir at the BBC with a sick Nazi sketch. Shocked bosses re-edited the programme at the last minute to tone it down before it goes to air tonight on BBC Three.
The Sun, 21st June 2012
Russell Kane is not afraid to commit - so he has committed himself to sleeping around and avoiding serious relationships for six months.
Written by Jen Blackburn. The Sun on Sunday, 17th June 2012
BBC Three has launched a new comedy show starring a comedian called Russell, to go alongside its other big comedy series, also starring a comedian called Russell.
Russell Kane introduces the stars of BBC Three's sketch and character gangshow.
Written by Ben Williams. Time Out, 31st May 2012
Fed up with the same old comedy faces on TV? Well here's wittily coiffed funny man Russell Kane to guide us through a showcase of rising talent.
It's Live at the Apollo for the stroppy teenage children of the nation's league of Michael McIntyre fans, basically. Corralled by Russell Kane, a series of young comedy pretenders jostle for attention with inevitably variable but sometimes amusing results. It's pretty hyperactive stuff - nothing's on for more than a couple of minutes, so if one sketch or routine doesn't float your boat, there'll be another one along in a minute. Highlights include duo Two Episodes of Mash (featuring the wonderfully lugubrious, occasionally slightly unnerving Joe Wilkinson) and Nick Helm who closes the show with a song. Hopefully this series will keep the cast rotating - it's a potentially decent showcase for the next comedy generation, with no time for anyone to properly die on their arse.
Phil Harrison, Time Out, 31st May 2012
Russell Kane presents the sort of show we've all been crying out for: a showcase for various up-and-coming comedians.
Jack Seale, Radio Times, 31st May 2012
I wouldn't suggest you watch it with your gran, but BBC Three's new comedy series Live at the Electric (9.30pm) is easily worth half an hour of your time.
Stand-up comedy is having a moment. You can spot it by the volume of stand-up shows nestling in the grown-up slots of TV programming. BBC3's latest offering grapples for a new take on the usual concept, with the self-coined "third Russell of comedy", Russell Kane, heading up a convoluted sketch-show-cum-stand-up fest. He's joined by the likes of Joe Wilkinson (the creepy one off Him And Her), Nick Helm and Totally Tom in a melee of stand-up, quick-fire sketches and behind-the-scenes skits.