Russell Howard failed to see the funny side when he spotted a member of the audience filming a recent comedy gig.The comedian stormed off stage just five minutes into the live performance in Bristol on Wednesday – but only after confronting the woman in the front row.During the set, Russell was trying out new material at the outdoor terrace of the Bambalan bar in the city when he stopped and told her “that’s literally the worst thing you can do”.According to BristolLive, he then told the woman to “live in the moment” and asked her if she would like it if someone started filming her at her place of work.The stand-up star told the audience of 45 people that comedians are a “dying breed” because they are fearful of people filming unseen content and uploading it to YouTube, which could ruin their act.He then informed the audience that he would be reverting to “safe material” at the gig, before telling the woman who had been filming that she’d “ruined it now”. “I was really looking forward to this gig,” Russ told the crowd before apologising, picking up his backpack from behind the stage area and heading for the exit.The woman in question then insisted she was only doing what others had been before being told “you were filming the whole fucking thing” by another audience member.Seriously... fuck phones at live events. It's the same with people watching football through their phone's camera. More interested in letting the followers know than actually enjoying themselves.— Sam Frost (@frosty920) August 13, 2020After the event, event organiser and compère Mark Olver said he should have been clearer about the rules around filming.“It’s important that when acts are trying out new material people should understand they don’t want video of it out there,” he said. “Sets at this kind of event are a work in progress. Most people understand this but I should have been clearer at the start of the gig in explaining it to people.“I totally get why Russell cut his set a bit short. He’s gutted and didn’t want to disappoint anyone but comedy is something you have to write in front of people and having a recording of that process out there in the world makes being creative really difficult.”A spokesperson for the comic told BristolLive: “Any comedian whose set is being recorded at a new material night would find it distracting.“The beauty of live performance particularly at this strange time is it’s intended for the room only.”READ MORE: Don't Look For The Next Female Comedy Trend - Just Go With What's Funny Inside The UK’s First Socially Distanced Music Festival Women In British Comedy Have To Work Twice As Hard For Quarter Of The Reward - When Will We Catch Up To The US?
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The first images from ESA/NASA's Solar Orbiter are now available to the public, including the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun.
Dust turns up everywhere — on bookshelves, under the sofa, and now, apparently, in rings around Mercury.Astronomers have made a surprising discovery, finding a ring of cosmic dust in an unexpected place in our solar system.Solar scientists Guillermo Stenborg and Russell Howard from the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. did not set out looking for dust.Just the opposite — they were looking for a dust-free region close to the Sun in preparation for the explorations performed by the Parker Solar Probe.Scientists believe there should be a region close to the Sun where the heat from the star would vaporize any dust, and finding the edge of this region would tell us more about what cosmic dust is made of and how planets formed in a young solar system.Instead, Stenborg and Howard stumbled across a “fine haze of cosmic dust” sprinkled across the orbit of Mercury, which forms a ring that is 9.3 million miles wide.
Venus also turns up a number of undiscovered orbital partnersScientists have spotted, for the first time, gigantic dust rings circling the Sun alongside the orbits of Mercury and Venus.The Solar System is nothing but our star, a few planets, some satellites, lots of little rocks, and a load of dust.As asteroids collide and comets burn up, leftover crumbs are scattered around space, and these particles get sucked into the orbits of planets to form dust clouds – Earth’s even got its own debris zone.“People thought that Mercury, unlike Earth or Venus, is too small and too close to the Sun to capture a dust ring,” said Russell Howard, an astrophysicist working for the US Naval Research Laboratory.“They expected that the solar wind and magnetic forces from the Sun would blow any excess dust at Mercury’s orbit away.”
While skipping through social media I caught sight of Russell Howard’s interview with Rob Delaney, reflecting on his son’s brain tumour and the first anniversary of his death.My daughter was first diagnosed with cancer at 20 months old, over the years she went on to experience two more relapses of the disease but miraculously survived and is now 28.I never anticipated her surviving into adulthood but equally I could never give much headspace to the possibility of her dying.While it is difficult to fully explain the feelings and thoughts attached to such an unnatural state of events, I am immensely grateful that they were spared.Cancer and child are two words that do not belong in the same sentence and understandably strike fear into people.My daughter’s treatment episodes began in the early Nineties and continued into the Noughties.
American TV presenter John Oliver has admitted he thinks he “failed” in his recent attempt to grill Dustin Hoffman about the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him.Earlier this month, Oliver was presenting a panel discussion with the Oscar-winning actor about the film ‘Wag The Dog’, and wound up making headlines when he turned the conversation to the fact he had recently been accused of repeatedly groped an actress he worked with on ‘Death Of A Salesman’.Another woman, who worked was an intern on the film adaptation of the Arthur Miller play, said she was also sexually harassed by Hoffman, including inappropriate remarks and groping.In response to these initial accusations, Hoffman apologised, insisting these allegations “were not reflective” of who he is, a turn of phrase which Oliver took particular issue with during their interview.While many praised Oliver at the time for asking Hoffman about his response to the allegations, he has now admitted he doesn’t think he handled the situation as well as he could have.Appearing on ‘The Russell Howard Hour’, Oliver explained: “I knew the stories were out there, and I heard there were a few more coming, so [bringing them up] felt unavoidable.