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06.19.2013

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Some of you may have already seen this but I figured I'd share it anyway since it is pretty hilarious. I watch and follow a lot of British actors and comedians but I'll be the first to admit that Russell Brand can be quite grating. His act often gets a little too over the top, he goes from funny to annoying very quickly at times and after a while you just want him to shut up.

But he is a lot smarter than most people give him credit for and in between the sexual references and jokes he makes during this interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Brand makes some very good points about the media and the behavior of the hosts. I wouldn't say they treated him rudely and in their defense Russell Brand does fluster them from the very start of the interview but the hosts clearly don't know what to do except role with the punches and count down the seconds until the next commercial break. It's kind of like watching a robot malfunction or the SNL skit "Wake Up and Smile" with Will Ferrell and David Alan Grier.

"She's a shaft grasper!"

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Extra Tidbit: Even if you don't like Russell Brand you should check out his appearances on Channel 4's The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, in particular the ones he's teamed up with Noel Fielding to form "The Goth Detectives".

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12:49PM on 06/19/2013

Friend of mine worked with him.

It was on a spin-off of the uk version of Big Brother called Big Mouth.
Apparently he doesn't take rejection very well, and bad mouths women who don't flirt back at him ("wouldn't want to shag that skank anyway").
Heard he's the same way with press interviews.
It was on a spin-off of the uk version of Big Brother called Big Mouth.
Apparently he doesn't take rejection very well, and bad mouths women who don't flirt back at him ("wouldn't want to shag that skank anyway").
Heard he's the same way with press interviews.
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1:57PM on 06/19/2013
He would probably be one of the first to admit he's extremely vain. A lot of that stems to issues with substances, etc. I have somewhat of a similar personality to him when it comes to that. The overblown image, etc. is all a front for the insecurity he has. And I've seen and listened to enough of Brand's stuff -- interviews, radio show -- to know when he's pissed. You can see it immediately in this interview when she introduces him and claims to know nothing about him, he's still smiling but
He would probably be one of the first to admit he's extremely vain. A lot of that stems to issues with substances, etc. I have somewhat of a similar personality to him when it comes to that. The overblown image, etc. is all a front for the insecurity he has. And I've seen and listened to enough of Brand's stuff -- interviews, radio show -- to know when he's pissed. You can see it immediately in this interview when she introduces him and claims to know nothing about him, he's still smiling but his eyes go cold dead. That's really what set him off on his rant. Then he spews out all the pseudo-intellectual stuff about Guevara and Christ which, really, as clever as it sounds because of how quickly he's able to conjure up vivid imagery, is pretty empty. I like Brand but, like many addicts (Sheen is another), there are personal defects there. He's probably a great guy 90% of the time, but when he gets angry or feels rejected, he gets REALLY angry (just look at Sheen vs Blair the past few days).
12:05PM on 06/19/2013
I tried watching Russell's standup once. Was just not my style. Give me Jim Gaffigan any day. I'll take my doughy, pale, Catholic comedian over the fruity British Pirates of the Caribbean comedian.
I tried watching Russell's standup once. Was just not my style. Give me Jim Gaffigan any day. I'll take my doughy, pale, Catholic comedian over the fruity British Pirates of the Caribbean comedian.
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11:43AM on 06/19/2013
Russell is a very intelligent and empathetic guy behind all the bluster. What made me laugh most about this vid is how he reduces Mika Brzezinzki to a swooning teenager. She doesn't know what to do with herself - almost like he's annoying her and seducing her at the same time!
Russell is a very intelligent and empathetic guy behind all the bluster. What made me laugh most about this vid is how he reduces Mika Brzezinzki to a swooning teenager. She doesn't know what to do with herself - almost like he's annoying her and seducing her at the same time!
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11:36AM on 06/19/2013
Good stuff on Brands part. Also what else do you expect from MSNBC...
Good stuff on Brands part. Also what else do you expect from MSNBC...
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10:55AM on 06/19/2013

Never under estimate someone by the way they look

The anchors thought they were dealing with a dumb Brit and obviously didn't do their research. Russell turned it into a turkey shoot with wit, smarts and charisma. They didn't stand a chance. I don't think the Morning Joe team will be so glib and superior next time. Well done Russell Brand!
The anchors thought they were dealing with a dumb Brit and obviously didn't do their research. Russell turned it into a turkey shoot with wit, smarts and charisma. They didn't stand a chance. I don't think the Morning Joe team will be so glib and superior next time. Well done Russell Brand!
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10:53AM on 06/19/2013

Awesome

Love Russel Brand and I do think the interviewers were being rude and undermining. Hilarious how much more intelligent he his than people that report the news, figures. So funny.
Love Russel Brand and I do think the interviewers were being rude and undermining. Hilarious how much more intelligent he his than people that report the news, figures. So funny.
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10:52AM on 06/19/2013
That host had fear in her eyes, and love how he kept bringing it out of her.
That host had fear in her eyes, and love how he kept bringing it out of her.
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10:49AM on 06/19/2013

Never been a Russell Brand fan

but damn, that was funny. Those hosts couldn't get rid of him fast enough!
but damn, that was funny. Those hosts couldn't get rid of him fast enough!
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10:46AM on 06/19/2013

typical americans

this just sums americans up,
brands a legend
this just sums americans up,
brands a legend
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11:05AM on 06/19/2013
Yes, this definitely sums up "typical americans" (typical american groan and eye roll). Brand is often an obnoxious prick but I give credit where credit is due. I agree with Jesse in that he is smarter than people give him credit for, but a "legend"??? My definition of "legend" differs from yours.
Yes, this definitely sums up "typical americans" (typical american groan and eye roll). Brand is often an obnoxious prick but I give credit where credit is due. I agree with Jesse in that he is smarter than people give him credit for, but a "legend"??? My definition of "legend" differs from yours.
11:08AM on 06/19/2013
Did you just sum up 60 million British people with your arrogant and ignorant generalisation of 310 million people? No. A more accurate statement would have been "typical media."
Did you just sum up 60 million British people with your arrogant and ignorant generalisation of 310 million people? No. A more accurate statement would have been "typical media."
11:17AM on 06/19/2013
Thanks CaptAhab... totally agree!
Thanks CaptAhab... totally agree!
11:24AM on 06/19/2013
That's funny since one of them was British. Maybe stupidity should be summed up regardless of nationality or culture since stupid people are and come from everywhere.
That's funny since one of them was British. Maybe stupidity should be summed up regardless of nationality or culture since stupid people are and come from everywhere.
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10:33AM on 06/19/2013

Not a Russel Brand fan in the slightest....but....

This was pretty funny. I was impressed with him. The interviewer started off snarky and I actually think he was pretty restrained. He came off funnier and smarter than anyone on the set without being too rude or obnoxious, although the "shaft grabber" part probably went over the line a teensy bit...but I still laughed.
This was pretty funny. I was impressed with him. The interviewer started off snarky and I actually think he was pretty restrained. He came off funnier and smarter than anyone on the set without being too rude or obnoxious, although the "shaft grabber" part probably went over the line a teensy bit...but I still laughed.
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