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Russell answers your questions

Tris Cotterill | 13:46 UK time, Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Throughout the series we are going to be asking Russell questions that you have posted on here and on Twitter. So to @Cyberjenk and @Kaylaajanee these are your answers. Enjoy!

If YOU have any questions for Russell comment below and we'll try and get him to answer them for you!

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  • Comment number 1.

    Question for Russell (loving the glasses by the way)

    What is the strangest/weirdest thing that has happened to you?


    Susie Viles x

    By the way do you ever get down to Cornwall?

  • Comment number 2.

    Would you like a kinder egg bringing for you to your MEN gig in December?

  • Comment number 3.

    thank you so much for answering my question, made my day :):):)

  • Comment number 4.

    @cyberjenk - no problem

    Keep the questions coming!

  • Comment number 5.

    Which A-list name would you like to see on the show?

  • Comment number 6.

    Which is your favorite band for picking you up on a rough day?

  • Comment number 7.

    I have a couple questions :)
    What is your favorite colour?
    And I'm coming to watch your dry run of the show on the 15th of this month, would you sign my pants... They're radiator ones ;D

    Ta. xx

  • Comment number 8.

    @Will Robinson

    Good question - just out of interest what's yours?

  • Comment number 9.

    if you were primeminister, what would you do?

  • Comment number 10.

    what do you like to do in your spare time?

    jen x

  • Comment number 11.

    I dunno, haha sorta having trouble to awnser my own question. Probably some cheesy rock, like journey, blues brothers, bowling for soup or beatles. Music you can bounce in your underies with any microphone shaped object in your hand generally picks me up. But music can be weird, sometimes listening to chilled out stuff like damien rice, david gray or rufus wainwright can make you feel a lot better too, im always interested to see peoples awnsers to this question :)

  • Comment number 12.

    If you had to have a micropiglet, what would you call it?

  • Comment number 13.

    what is your favourite childhood memory?

  • Comment number 14.

    What is the best thing about being a comedian?

  • Comment number 15.

    what is one socially unacceptable thing you feel you have to do before you die?

  • Comment number 16.

    do you remember me? i met you at bristol hipodrome and gave you the celebrations,

  • Comment number 17.

    who and what is your inspiration?

  • Comment number 18.

    whats the worst thing you have done while drunk?

  • Comment number 19.

    If a ninja and a pirate where to have an epic showdown, who do you think would win and what music would you have playing in the background?

    Also, who do you want to win the X-factor? :)

  • Comment number 20.

    What is your favourite thing about stand-up comedy? (you are great at it by the way)


  • Comment number 21.

    if you where a women what would you spend the day doing? going to watch you 2 days before my birthday on the 11th dec first comedian i will have ever been seeing live cant wait


  • Comment number 22.

    if you had to invent a nickname for yourself, what would it be?

  • Comment number 23.

    What job would you be doing if you weren't a comedian?

  • Comment number 24.

    who would you like to see in a fight?

  • Comment number 25.

    hello mr russell howard...

    Right so im from the great westcountry like yourself...

    what town/city would you like to visit in the westcountry apart from bristol obv? :P

    you know you want to say Torquay cos thats where im from :D with the great seagulls and beautiful seaside hehe :)

  • Comment number 26.

    whats your favourite thing on the internet?

  • Comment number 27.

    I am very disappointed to hear that Keem, Mr Pole Dance 2009 has been cut from tonights show. I hope this is not the case as he is incredible!
    I was in the female amateur section of this competition and was taken aback by Keem and the others guys physical abilities.
    I am a full-time buyer, single parent who enjoys pole for fitness and making fabulous friends and it saddens me that such forward thinking man like Russell Howard is standing by this decision!

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi Russell,

    Brilliant show. Really is the fresh air the country has been needing for a while now.

    Wanted to ask you when you first knew that comedy was in your blood and that it was the direction your life was going?

    Either that or have you ever left a funny comment on someone elses site.

    Keep up the good work, matey :)

  • Comment number 29.

    Hey Russel

    I think you're an awesome comedian, and I cant wait to see you live :)
    I just have to say the last two episodes of your new show "russel howard's good news" have been really amazing, the lad that gave his reward money to the girl and the little girl who had cancer. that really was a heart warming story and i really understand what those parents were through.

    I lost my dad to cancer.

    Just a question
    Do you have someone special that loves you more than what the public do?
    and Whats the nicest thing you have ever done for anyone?

    Hope you had a good halloween and bon fire

  • Comment number 30.

    I have never watched this slot until tonight and tuned in to watch a very talented friend who was scheduled to appear on the show as did half of our fitness community. Keem S Martinez, winnner of Mr Pole Fitness UK 2009, a very skilled and beautiful performer has been down and recorded for the show and it has been cut??? I am struggling to believe why this has occurred, this couldnt possibly be anything to do with pole dancing because even the BBC must have moved on by now (its 2009 for goodness sake and half the country is either poling or had a go). Much of the show although very witty and amusing is close to being offensive in one way or another yet Keem was cut in case of offence being caused and the risk of complaints????

  • Comment number 31.

    It's my 18th birthday when I'm at your Manchester Arena gig, could I have a hug for my present? :) :)

  • Comment number 32.

    if you could be invisable for a day, what would you do?

  • Comment number 33.

    Frankie Boyle
    Dara o briain
    Hugh Dennis
    who would you Sleep with, marry or throw off a cliff?

    really enjoying the show - ure a natural performer

  • Comment number 34.


    Question for Russell :)

    Whats the most embarrassing thing you've ever done in front of your mum?

    thanks :)

  • Comment number 35.

    Hey :)

    What's the best thing about touring?

    Love the show :)


  • Comment number 36.

    if you could spy on someone famous, who would it be and why?

  • Comment number 37.

    where is your favourite place to hang out in bristol?

  • Comment number 38.

    whats the most most embarassing thing youve done in front of friends?

  • Comment number 39.

    if you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?

  • Comment number 40.

    next time your in bristol, can you come and visit me at home? lol x

  • Comment number 41.

    Hi Russ,

    Great show, love all your work. Looking forward to seeing you live on stage soon.

    What size are your feet?

  • Comment number 42.

    what are your hobbie?

  • Comment number 43.

    would you like your face to be on a stamp?

  • Comment number 44.

    if you could invent a sandwhich, what kind would it be?

  • Comment number 45.

    Great show yet again.

    My (tongue in cheek) question is: does Russell have a set quota of how many times to use the word genuinely? Seems to be his favourite word and could possibly become a drinking game around here!

    The real question I would like to ask Russell is how he would spend his ideal day off if he could do anything he wanted, time, money and the law of gravity no object.

  • Comment number 46.

    Hi Russel , can you answer this question for me ?

    I watch your fabulous show on the iPlayer service as am too tight to buy a digibox . When I click on the link to your show the page shows a picture of you sitting in an armchair , one leg up on the the other knee at a jaunty angle in an air of relaxed welcoming congeneiality (sp) . Whilst the page is loading I see a small circle of revolving dots in the centre of the page to indicate that my painfully slow mobile internet connection is actually doing something worthwile .

    Is there any special reason that the aforementioned circle is centred on your balls , or is this just a happy coincidence of the technology ?

    Yours in what I can promise you is not a homo-erotic state of anticipation , Ratty .

    (PS , I'm watching iPlayer through the Mozilla Firefox Browser if this makes a difference)

  • Comment number 47.

    Hey Russell, loving the show and I'm going to see you in Belfast in December and I can't wait!

    Anyway, my question is how did you know whether you were good enough for stand-up? Personally I would love to do it even if I didn't make a career out of it but I don't know if I have what it takes.

  • Comment number 48.

    How the hell do you get tickets to the show? I've been looking for a link EVERYWHERE on this page

  • Comment number 49.

    Good questions everyone. I'll be asking Russ some of them today so if you have any more comment away!

  • Comment number 50.

    what was your favourite childhood toy?

  • Comment number 51.

    what would you do with a million pounds/

  • Comment number 52.

    tris- will the answers be posted up here?

  • Comment number 53.

    who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?

  • Comment number 54.

    p.s im jen, btw :)

  • Comment number 55.

    russ, any chance you can send me an xmas card in the post with a nice message? hehe :)

  • Comment number 56.

    wud make my day

  • Comment number 57.

    whats the most kindest thing anyone has done for you/

    jen x

  • Comment number 58.

    I'm planning every detail of my 5 kids' 6 months they'll be orphans

    Like many busy single mums, Justine Hargreaves is already up to her ears in gifts and wrapping paper preparing a fantastic Christmas for her five children.

    She has carefully chosen the perfect presents for Jade, 16, Sam, nine, Nathaniel, eight, and five-year-old twins Coral and Crystal.

    But she's also buying gifts for birthdays and Christmases to come - because she won't be there to see them
    Christine, 37, has cervical cancer and has been told she has less than six months to live. And in a heartbreaking twist, her death will leave her children orphans - after their dad Stuart committed suicide three years ago.

    But in an amazing display of courage, Justine is devoting her final weeks to securing the youngsters' futures and making sure they feel her love for ever.

    She has written a "mummy manual" packed with helpful advice to see them into adulthood and has filled "memory boxes" with treasured family mementoes for each of them.

    She is also raising money with fancydress sponsored walks and donations - £15,000 so far - to give them a good start in life and buy them their first cars.

    And she's arranged for the kids to be brought up by her sister Jannine and best pal Victoria Tierney once she is gone.

    Justine said: "When Stuart died I promised them I'd never leave them - yet that's exactly what I'm doing.

    "It breaks my heart, so I have to make the most of the time we have left.

    "I've told the children the truth - they know I'm dying. But they also know I can still be their mummy in heaven.

    "I'm focusing on making their futures great, leaving them memories to stay with them for ever and planning presents for their big birthdays.

    "I've been creating memory boxes with items that hold memories we share.

    "For example, I've put shark's teeth in the boys' boxes to remind them of a visit to Blackpool aquarium and postcards from the pleasure beach for the girls - we had a scream on the funfair there.

    "I'm also writing letters to help and guide them through the challenges they have ahead.

    "I want to tell them it's OK to make mistakes but make sure you learn and move on from them. I want them to give each other cuddles when they feel sad and be proud of themselves, individually and as a family."

    Justine's tragic story will bring tears to the eyes of every parent in Britain.

    But her heroic determination to help her kids face losing their mum is nothing less than inspirational.


    The nightmare began in August 2006 when Justine's hubby Stuart, 36, hanged himself in a fit of depression after his cabinet-making business collapsed.

    Horrified Justine had found his body in their bedroom.

    Soon after, the family lost their home in Accrington, Lancs, because Stuart had left them with massive debts.

    Justine said: "Our lives went from perfect to hellish in just a few months but I had to be strong - I had five devastated children to think of.

    "I promised I would never leave them and gradually we rebuilt our lives and they began to smile again."

    But a year later a smear test revealed Justine had cancer of the cervix.

    She said: "I know it's irrational but I blamed Stuart - I had missed some smear tests because I was so busy looking after him when he was depressed and then had to look after the kids once he'd died."

    She began chemotherapy in August 2007 and was told the outlook was good.

    But in May this year a scan showed the cancer had spread to her bones - and was incurable.

    Justine said: "It was like being smacked with a hammer.

    "I'd coped with losing Stuart, losing our lovely home and paying his debts and I was coping fine with five children.

    "But now I was faced with something I couldn't beat - I was dying."

    Justine had to face the unbearable pain of breaking the news to her children.

    She said: "Nathaniel and Sam were very angry and Jade sobbed and sobbed.

    "The twins were too young really to take it in but Crystal asked, 'Will we have a new mummy? Will you be going off to heaven today?'" Now Justine's planning her funeral. She is choosing the songs for the service and she's asked best friend Victoria, 37, to pick the clothes she'll wear in the coffin - joking she doesn't want her mum to do it. Justine said: "It's important my nails and make-up look beautiful because I need to look normal for the kids.

    "I can't have them scared and I want them to believe, when the day comes, I will be an angel resting in heaven."

    She went on: "One of the most important things is I fear the children will forget their mummy and daddy.

    "I want them to know we are still there in spirit, spurring them on, watching them and are so proud of them.

    "They all have special roles - Nathaniel is our clown, Coral is the protector of Crystal, Crystal is the peacekeeper, Sam is the sensitive one and Jade is our intellectual. I want that to carry on.

    "We started a ritual when Stuart died of celebrating his birthday at his grave. We'd take a balloon and yellow flowers and sing Happy Birthday to him.

    "I have said it's important once I am gone this continues.


    "Every Christmas I buy them pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns and I'd like that to carry on too.

    "We have a tea party on each birthday and I want this to go on as if I was there.

    "I'd also like my own birthday to be a celebration - and I want a cake!" Justine added: "I don't want them to be angry I had to leave them and never got to do all that I wanted with them.

    "Stuart always said we'd buy them their first car so we're trying to put £10,000 in each of their accounts for that purpose."

    Victoria is leading the fund-raising efforts through the website. It has so far raised £15,000 to be placed in a trust fund for the children.

    And it leaves Justine free to concentrate on her kids in her final precious days.

    She said: "At bedtime, I kiss them good night and tell them how much I love them.

    "I want my voice to be the last thing they hear at night long, long after I'm gone."

  • Comment number 59.

    I want to ask what is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happend to you on stage?

    Thanks :)

  • Comment number 60.

    My friends and I love you so much is there any way of getting any autographs sent? Would be a great present for my friends birthday in a few months :D

    Also, we didn't manage to get tickets for any of your shows this year unfortunatly :( When do you think you will be touring next because we want to make sure we get tickets this time :)


  • Comment number 61.

    How did you come with the name "dingledodies" and what made you choose it?

    jen x

  • Comment number 62.


  • Comment number 63.

    Oh and also...I was wondering who is your favourite comedian? Have you been inspired by any famous comedians and if so who? :)

  • Comment number 64.

    Hi Russell, I sold a hug on ebay a while ago and made a video of it. I gave free postage (thought it would be a deal breaker), would love to know what you think of the video

    This is the link to it...

  • Comment number 65.

    what do you think of your fans? and please can i have a shout out?

    jen x

  • Comment number 66.

    if you could invent something, what would it be?

  • Comment number 67.

    if you could form a band, who would you have in it?

  • Comment number 68.

    Mr Russell Howard...

    if you were a girl for a day...what would you do? :)

    can you do a shout out for me pleaseeeeeee :) Jess :D xxx

  • Comment number 69.

    whats the weirdest dream you've ever had

    jenny xxx

  • Comment number 70.

    Have you ever made a joke thinking it was really funny yet no one in the audience laughed? and if so what was it? :P
    Can you do a shout out for me please :D

  • Comment number 71.

    if you had the chance to invent something, what would it be?

    jen x

  • Comment number 72.

    hi russell
    i love you so much :D i've made a fan page for good news on facebook :)
    well my Question is who is the most interesting person you ever met?
    :) xxx p.s please code you come to cornwall and do a show in plymouth please please xxx

  • Comment number 73.

    Hi, question for Russell,
    Apart from the "dinner witch", were there any other charactors made up to scare you? my dad sometimes pretends to be 'Papa Lazarou' out of
    'The league of Gentlemen'.

  • Comment number 74.

    Hi! i have a question please answer it, it will make my day :)

    If you weren't a comedian, what job do you think you will have?



  • Comment number 75.


    have you ever been in a situation that was halarious but you knew that you had to contain your laughter?

    please answer it :)
    thanky you so much

    Cat xx

  • Comment number 76.

    its a bit random, but was jonathan ross's carpet comfy yesterday night when you were explaining the akward situation when your brother brought a lady home
    just wonderd
    and will there be a second series ?
    of your good news
    seeing you at the MEN and it is manchester news arena :)


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