British comedian Russell Howard believes Gwyneth Paltrow is partially responsible for a heightened awareness of female genitalia.
“She’s certainly brought, what’s the way to phrase this? She’s certainly brought vaginal maintenance to the forefront,” the 41-year-old performer told The Post in a recent interview.
“I think because I do a topical news show it feels like every other week in the past five years she’s had a new bizarre product,” he explained, “whether it’s a candle that smells like her orgasm or whatever. I always find it fascinating because she’s gorgeous I think she’s able to sell all those products.”
In fact, Howard believes Paltrow, 49, is able to pull off selling wacky products thanks to her outer beauty.
“My mum’s a lovely lady, she’s got very twinkly eyes but she doesn’t look like Gywneth and if she was trying to sell a candle that smelled like her orgasm, I don’t think she’d be successful,” he added.
Howard has a new stand-up special streaming on Netflix called “Lubricant” and it’s accompanied by a documentary, “Until the Wheels Come Off,” which follows his attempts to keep performing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
He spent part of the lockdown in his childhood bedroom home as his wife was on the front line as a doctor, and feels very strongly about vaccinations.
“I don’t know when we became so anti-science and so easily manipulated,” he noted. “It feels like the base is rage and there are some really angry people and others take advantage of that fury by spreading misinformation. If you look at science this is the only way we get through this. This whole idea that it’s planned, human beings are not good at planning things.”
Howard, who is embarking on a world tour that will see him in the US next year, said the biggest difference between American and British audiences is their level of enthusiasm.
“American crowds are so excited and their energy is wonderful and my theory for that is Americans don’t have as many holidays as we do,” he explained. “So I think when Americans go out they really have to make it count because you work so hard whereas we have lots of holidays in the UK so, ‘if it’s good it’s good if not don’t really matter.’”
“You get standing ovations when you walk on, that is unheard of in the UK,” the performer continued. “If you get a standing ovation at the end of a gig in the UK it has gone unbelievably well. The crowds here are like, ‘C’mon mate, make me f–king laugh.’ American crowds are like, ‘This is going to be great, I like him!’”
And Howard thinks stand-up is even more important now than ever.
“Laughter is the lubricant that makes life liveable particularly in the last two years,” he said. “You laugh to get through pain and tension.”