Russ Abbot (born Russell A. Roberts, 16 September 1947, in Chester) is an English musician, comedian, and actor.
As a drummer Abbot founded the Black Abbots, who signed their first recording contract in 1977. Later on he appeared as a comedian, winning five times the award as Funniest Man On Television.
From 1980, Abbot released some albums as a solo artist, and played successfully in several TV series.
The Russ Abbot Show showed his talents as an all round entertainer and attracted millions of viewers. This show was very popular amongst younger viewers, prompting two annuals to be published in 1982 and 1983. The annuals featured comic strips based on popular characters plus some publicity photos of Abbot in a variety of guises, including, most famously, his James Bond satire featuring characters named Basildon Bond and Miss Funnyfanny, based on the fictional MI6 spy duo James Bond and Miss Moneypenny.
After many years, Abbot bought the performing rights to his hit Atmosphere, and refuses to allow it to be played on radio as he considers it to be a dire representation of his talents; however, many consider this to be a classic novelty hit (it spent two months in the UK Top 20 in 1984).
Discography (Chart positions)
1982 - "A Day In The Life of Vince Prince" (UK: #61)
1984 - "Atmosphere" aka "Oh What An Atmosphere" (UK: #7)
1985 - "All Night Holiday" (UK: #20)
1985 - I Love A Party (UK: #12)