Russell Brand may be a British import, but he’s certainly dominated U.S. headlines in the past couple of years. Between his true tales of drug fueled debauchery on comedy stages, his outrageous roles in box office hits “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him To The Greek”, and his brief, tabloid-fodder marriage to pop star Katy Perry, he’s kept us captivated for a while now. And that’s not even touching the fact that he’s brash, outspoken, and highly opinionated.
Which is why we love him
Now, Brand is set to host his own television show, “Brand X With Russell Brand”, which premieres this Thursday on FX. Since it’s a late-night show, and since it’s ballsy FX, there will no doubt be some of Brand’s salty language on display, but the real entertainment will come from seeing Brand try to break down American culture and pop culture.
“Remember Mork?” asked Brand.” “He had to understand he was an extraterrestrial. He was trying to, I think, get a green card, and essentially that’s what I’m doing.”
FX has ordered six episodes of the show, which is taped before a live studio audience. Knowing what they know about Brand thus far–which is very little outside of tabloid headlines–audiences might have a pre-conceived notion about what the show will bring. But Brand says he can’t worry about everyone’s ideas.
“All I want is for people to be happy. I don’t mind what people think about me. What people think in their minds is not my business. They have to live in there. But I listen to others. You must be humble. It’s very important to have humility. There are lots of people with very informed perspectives. I have a tendency to fly off. I’m tangential and I’m also narcissistic, so I have to be very careful, otherwise I start to get messianic complexes.”