"One of the things that's surprising when you go on telly a lot is that often the on-camera 'talent' (yuck!) are perfectly amiable when you chat to them normally, but when the red light goes on they immediately transform into shark-eyed Stepford berks talking in a cadence you encounter nowhere else but TV-land — a meter that implies simultaneously carefree whimsy and stifled hysteria."
Cable network FX is not moving forward with Russell Brand's late night show, Brand X. The network announced the decision to end the show, which wrapped its second and final season last month, at a press conference today. While Brand X is canceled, FX hopes to stay in business with Russell Brand. They're currently developing a scripted Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque sitcom based around Brand, so don't freak out about this just yet, Brand fans. The network is sticking with their other late night talk show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which will begin airing nightly this fall on FX's new all-comedy network FXX.
British person Russell Brand is in discussions to star in the Larry Charles directed Pierre Pierre. Brand would play an insufferable French nihilist who is moving a stolen painting from Paris to London. Along the way he'll meet a zany cast of characters, like a serial murderer named Pigeonshit. (With a name like Pigeonshit, what else would his parents expect from him?) Previously, the Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton penned script had Jim Carrey and Jason Reitman attached to star and direct respectively. Brand seems like a better fit for the part just because he'd have the advantage with the whole Les Misérablesthing of speaking in an British [...]
Russell Brand will don the stage actor's powdered wig for a few performances of What About Dick?, a play by Eric Idle, in LA this April. The rest of the British cast is pretty fantastic too: Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Sophie Winkleman, Tracey Ullman, Tim Curry, and Billy Connolly – plus Idle as the play's narrator. It's a "farcical romp" set in the early 1900s, which means there will surely be endless, interminable, unceasing naughty plays on the word "dick." You'd be an absolute fool to not attend this show if you have the chance.
Just like with his appearance on a US cable news show in June, Russell Brand treated poorly by a dickish talk show host — only to come off looking pretty smart and stuff. BBC Two Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman at one point calls Brand "a trivial man" before Brand starts calling for revolution in an educated way and running circles around him.
Russell Brand has canceled part of his world tour because of fears for his safety during a set of gigs in the Middle East. Brand announced the tour, called "The Messiah Complex," earlier this month and spoke of plans to perform at "prisons, drug rehabs, social network HQs, universities, nationalist organisations, mosques, foreclosed houses, protest sites, synagogues and in people's private homes." Brand had been booked to perform in Abu Dhabi and Lebanon, but those dates are now canceled. "Those gigs have been banned, pulled because of threats from extremists that if I went there there would be problems," Brand told BBC Radio 5Live. He added, "The venue contacted [...]
The FX network has renewed both of its new late night comedy talk shows, Brand X with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, for a 13-episode second season each, according to The NY Times' Dave Itzkoff. Brand X will be expanding from 30 minutes to one hour for the new season, but will noted quiet guy Russell Brand be able to muster up enough conversation to fill an hour every week? Time will tell.
A few weeks ago, Russell Brand was brought to Parliament to speak on the matter of decriminalizing drugs. Instead, he used the opportunity to speak to what he believed was the heart of issue, the way addicts are treated by the government. Brand, a former heroin addict, eloquently and thoughtfully argued that addicts should be viewed not as criminal but as sick people that need help. Does this not sound like the former Mr. Katy Perry to you? Maybe, I should mention that Brand showed up wearing a black cowboy hat and a tank top under a floor-length black trench coat – the man still got it.
Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Russell Brand, and Reggie Watts will be among the performers at the first ever American version of the Secret Policeman's Ball on March 4 to benefit Amnesty International. Coldplay and Mumford & Sons will also be in attendance. The event, a long-running British tradition, has been transported to the New World by former Daily Show producer David Javerbaum, who says to expect two hours of music, standup, sketches and “wild fun and games in the audiences." Take that, England; we're gonna take your awesome ideas and make them our own! That's what you get for pulling that taxation without representation shit back in [...]
Russell Brand is one of those comedians who, despite selling out theaters all over the world and starring in several films throughout the past decade, I have simply not paid much attention to. Perhaps it's due to my American-centric worldview, but Brand never quite jumped on my radar as far as standup comedy goes. It seems that I've been guilty of a particular form of American exceptionalism, in that I don’t really pay attention to standup from other countries nor give foreign standups much of a chance at all. This is a particularly hypocritical on my part as I write weekly about keeping an open mind toward all kinds [...]
Here's Russell Brand on MSNBC's Morning Joe yesterday, dealing with a trio of news anchors who spend the bulk of the interview talking about him as if he's not there despite his repeated pleas for them to stop doing that because it's weird and rude.
Russell Brand is set to star, produce, and thoroughly Russell up the romantic comedy Cupid. The story centers on a bitter cupid who is still forced to do his job of creating love via arrow. (High concept alert!) It's likely that that this cupid will also be British and wear tight trousers. Joe Nussbaum, whose previous work includes American Pie: The Naked Mile, will direct the film. If you've been keeping track, since Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Brand has starred exclusively in bad movies. If only they can make a film about a charming British comedian who exclusively spends his time getting interviewed on talk shows, he'd be awesome [...]
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