Russel attended Perins Community School in New Alresford.
In 2006, he started hosting his own Radio show on BBC Radio 6.
In 1999 he was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny Competition.
Russell: There's so much woe and misery in the world that being one of those comics that goes on and complains about it is just reinforcing it. There are these wonderful moments that happen in our lives that don't get reported on.