The debauched, but debonair comedian is one of Britain's brightest comedy talents. Glam-rock glamorous, Russ's big hair, big head and even bigger mouth are just three of his most endearing assets - the less said about the other one the better! Expect decadent quips and surreal asides galore!
A comedic polymath with more flair in his little finger than the majority of stand-ups, Russell Brand's cavalier charms know no bounds. A massively controversial figure, he divides people like marmite. Extremely salty, distinctively attired, and just a little bit sticky, you'll either love him or hate him.
A Little Bit About: Russell Brand
A native of Grays, Essex, Brand got the worst possible start in life when, at six months old, his parents divorced. Catching the performing bug at 15 in a school performance of Bugsy Malone, he signed up at the Italia Conti stage school, and later RADA. Neither experience would end happily, but his love for comedy was born.
Success came quickly. In 2000, Russell reached the final of the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year competition. That same year, he made his Edinburgh debut and piqued the interest of MTV, who promptly signed him up. Following an addiction to heroin and a woefully misjudged costume decision in the immediate aftermath of the Twin Towers attacks, he was out on his ear. It wouldn't be long before he was granted his second chance, however.
It wasn't until Russell bagged the presenter's gig on Channel 4's Big Brother's Big Mouth in 2004 that he truly arrived. Unfocused, hectic and always brash, it was the perfect forum from which to cultivate his anarchic, sexually-charged persona. That same year, Brand launched his first one-man stand-up show, Better Now. Intended as an act of comedic catharsis, it was a confessional cacophony of his low points that marked him out as an incredibly literate, articulate stand-up of some talent.
Whilst Brand's numerous Channel 4 shows in the wake of BBBM failed to capture the ratings he deserved, probably due to the limitations of the format as much as anything else, Russell was starting to flex his acting chops. Having already appeared in White Teeth and Blessed, he made his movie debut in 2007's St Trinian's, following it up with an even larger role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall as Aldous Snow, the boyfriend of the title character (a part he will resume in Get Him to the Greek). America was starting to take note of this very British comedian.
Unfortunately, the combination of his roguish behaviour and his unchecked humour put paid to one of his steadiest endeavours, The Russell Brand Show. In 2008, whilst working for the BBC Radio 2, both he and Jonathan Ross provoked a national outcry, exacerbated by the national press. A series of phone calls made to the actor Andres Sachs, in which Brand made lewd, and later founded, suggestions regarding Sachs' granddaughter, saw him jump before he was pushed.
What's undeniable is that Brand is a man of many talents. Although, some of these talents not be so desirable to the more mild-mannered amongst us, those with an open mind and a yearning for cutting edge comedy, both cerebral and highly perverse, should find plenty to laugh about amidst the myriad of material from the mind of this modern day Don Juan De Marco!