Simon: This was a thing I found really useful recently: It isn’t about getting the audience to love you, it’s about finding a way to love the audience.
Russell: That’s brilliant. My meditative process before going on stage is, put aside everything negative. Those people have come there to be entertained, they’ve got their lives, each one of them have come there with their flaws and their problems and their doubts, and things that if you knew about them it would break your heart. So just listen. And in this moment, your obligation is simple. Sometimes you go through life and you don’t know what to do, it can be so complicated and challenging, oh what should I do about this … but when you’re up there, all you gotta do, is give them joy.