First watched : Spring 1980
This is another plank to support the argument that Little and Large weren't the worst comedy act around.
Russ Abbot had been a member of The Black Abbots , a comedy musical troupe similar to The Grumbleweeds , during the seventies but first appeared as a solo performer on the ill-fated Bruce Forsyth's Big Night. Russ emerged from the wreckage with his own show.
At 33 - and he looked every year of it - Russ was no spring chicken and to me came across as a self-conscious uncle doing a silly turn at a wedding. He would have been fine on Crackerjack but to someone now looking to be entertained as an adult he seemed an insult to the intelligence. As a result any announcement that he would be featuring was the equivalent of a "Beware : Radiation" sign on the door.
Obviously Russ did / does have an audience and is still popular today although he's moved into straight roles in recent years.