"All of a sudden, if I go into Lidl to buy a chicken, people recognise me." This is because Kane is now well known for his BBC3 show Unzipped with Greg James, for his hit Edinburgh Festival stand-up and for his novel The Humourist. He might only just have started being recognised but he has had nine years of practice time to become an expert."I say Lidl because it makes me sound humble," he admits. He began doing stand-up as a hobby after work at an advertising agency at a colleague's suggestion. I have no co-ordination and I loathe all forms of sport.
Growing up in the Kane household, reading provoked suspicion rather than encouragement, especially from his father, but this didn't stop Kane junior going on to gain a first-class degree in English.
Another captivating tale finds him on the cusp of a genuinely violent situation after a few buckets of alcohol.
If his theory is not entirely watertight — he acknowledges that regions vary in their smallness — he certainly mounts a persuasive argument for the British being a race apart in their repressed attitude to sex, indulging in some impressively bendy physical comedy to illustrate his point.
So, Russell Kane, the comedian (the one who looks like Nick Grimshaw), who was raised between Southend and a step over the border in Brimsdown, has just moved into his new detached house down a quiet road in Woodford.
"It's unbelievable," he says, notably pleased with himself.