Russell Brand

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Russell Brand


Ardent supporter of Morrissey. Has interviewed him on several occasion and invited him on his TV show.
In Autobiography, Morrissey observes:

"Four songs in and I am dead meat. Done for, I walk off, and a harum-scarum crowd fast burn into a conniption fit. Who can calm them down? From the audience, up jump dapper television faces Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand and David Walliams, each so certain that slick Wood Lane telly-patter would extinguish the madly nettled crowd. It did not work. With gears grinding, the audience turns on Jonathan and Russell like hounds at a foxhunt, and each wondered how or if they’d get offstage alive. Russell’s tap-dancing chatter stiffed with gasbag finesse, whilst Jonathan’s gassy gobbledygook boomeranged back in his face. He would later tell me that he had never faced such a hard-shelled audience – to which, of course, my chest swells with pride. The intervention of Jonathan, Russell and David touched me greatly and told me that I had friends. They saw a bad situation and tried to make it better. I am indebted. But it didn’t work."

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Russell Edward Brand (born 4 June 1975) is an English comedian, actor and activist. Known for his flamboyant, loquacious style and manner, Brand has received three British Comedy Awards and nomination for a BAFTA Award. After beginning his career as a comedian and later becoming an MTV presenter in the UK, in 2004 Brand gained a role as the host of the television show Big Brother's Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. In 2007, he had his first major film role in St Trinian's, and the following year he landed a major role in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall; the film led to him starring in a spin off, the rock comedy Get Him to the Greek, in 2010. Brand also worked as a voice actor in the animated films Despicable Me (2010), Hop (2011), Despicable Me 2 (2013), and Trolls (2016), and played the title character in the remake of the romantic comedy Arthur (2011). In 2013, he released the successful stand-up special Messiah Complex. He hosted his own radio show The Russell Brand Show (2006–2008, 2010, 2013, 2017) and also hosts the podcasts Stay Free with Russell Brand and Under the Skin with Russell Brand. Since guest-editing an edition of British political weekly New Statesman in 2013, Brand has become known as a public activist and campaigner, and has spoken on a wide range of political and cultural issues, including wealth inequality, addiction, corporate capitalism, climate change, and media bias. In 2014, he launched his political-comedy web series The Trews on YouTube, released a book entitled Revolution, and acted in the documentary The Emperor's New Clothes. Since 2020, his online videos have promoted conspiracy theories, especially about the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of his career, Brand has been the subject of frequent media coverage and controversy for issues such as his promiscuity, drug use, political views, provocative behaviour at various award ceremonies, his dismissal from MTV and resignation from the BBC, and his two-year marriage to American pop singer Katy Perry. He has incorporated many of his controversial public acts into his comedic material. In March 2015, a biographical documentary was released called Brand: A Second Coming. In September 2023, following a joint investigation by The Sunday Times and Channel 4's Dispatches, five women publicly accused Brand of rape, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and other predatory behaviour. The allegations concern incidents between the years 2006 and 2013 and were featured in the documentary Russell Brand: In Plain Sight (2023).

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