Russell Brand is an award-winning comedian, known for his impeccable wit and his controversial, satirical take on celebrities, politicians, sex and drugs. A charismatic live performer, he incorporates many of his controversial public antics into his comedic material.
After starting out as a stand up comedian, who headlined Comedy Carnival between 2004 and 2007, Russell rose to fame as the host of Big Brother’s Big Mouth (Channel 4). Following solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival, he launched his nationwide tours with the awards swiftly following, including Best Newcomer, Best Stand Up and the British Comedy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Comedy.
He shot to fame in the USA after a major role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, enabling him to tour his stand up comedy the following year. Additional film roles, including Get Him To The Greek, Rock Of Ages and Arthur, plus five stand up specials, further assured his international comedic success.
One of the most notorious yet well-loved comedians in the UK and across the Atlantic, you’d struggle to find someone who hasn’t heard of Russell Brand. Daring and provocative, yet always loquacious and thoughtful, Russell Brand has never stopped pushing boundaries since his stage debut back in 2000.
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Since performing his first ever official stand-up show at Hackney Empire’s New Act of the Year in 2000, Brand has gone on to become one of the most famous British comedians in the world. From presenting and writing to DJing and acting, Brand is a Jack-of-all-trades in the entertainment world.
In his early career, Brand made his name performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the 2007 Royal Variety Performance, as well as Amnesty International’s 2006 Secret Policeman’s Ball. Not long after, he wrote his first solo stand-up show, Shame, which he toured the UK with in 2006. In 2012, he wrote his second solo stand-up tour named “Russell Brand: Only Joking”, which he again toured around the UK to glowing reviews from the public and critics alike.
It didn’t take long for Brand to conquer the states with his witty commentary and flamboyant humour, either: he performed his first stateside show, “Russell Brand in New York” for Comedy Central, before going on to complete his first USA stand-up tour in 2009, with his self-titled show Russell Brand: Scandalous.
Often swapping the stage for the big screen, Brand went on to star in many major Hollywood films, including Get Him to the Greek alongside Jonah Hill, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall alongside Kristen Bell. His latest role will be in BAFTA-award winner Kenneth Branagh’s 2022 remake of Death on the Nile.
So, where does Russell Brand live and spend his time now? While he once split his time between presenting, DJ-ing, acting and stand-up comedy, you’re now more likely to find him on his Youtube channel, which has now amassed over 5 million subscribers since he began regularly uploading commentary videos in 2014. In his videos, Brand discusses everything from online censorship to politics, with that iconic biting humour and verbose wit we’ve all come to love.
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