As a teenager Russell played footy for the West Footscray Football Club.
Russell was the creator of the Celebrity Heads segment on the long-running television show Hey Hey Its Saturday.
While working as a motorbike courier, Russell would prepare for his act by taping it the petrol tank to rehearse it while at work.
Russell loves chocolate bars and often keeps a stash hidden around the house.
Russell's most treasured items are photographs of him together with his father.
In 2003 Russell tested his talents in Rob Becker's one-man theatrical production, Defending the Caveman.
Russell's favourite meal is Thai stir-fry using super hot chili sauces.
Russell has a large collection of cigarette lighters.
Russell has a cat named Bud.
Russell worked nights and weekends at a local pizza shop where he entertained the customers with his jokes and comedy routines.
Russell toured with Russell Crowe and his band Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts on a 13 show tour of the USA.
Russell has appeared in three movies. Nirvana Street Murderin 1990, Ned Kelly in 2003 and The Extra in 2005.
Russell's favourite room is the kitchen. He loves to entertain and cook for his friends.
In 1993. Russell was on Cleo's Top 50 Most Eligible Bachelors list.
Russell left school at 14 to work at an abattoir with his mother and father, a job which he remained in for nine years. He has also worked as a motorbike courier and a pizza cook.
Russell is the second youngest of six children.
Russell is a supporter of the Western Bulldogs Footbal Club in the AFL.
Russell was nominated for a Logie in 1996 for the Most Popular Comedy Personality.