Famed for his controversial comedy, personal honesty and hard-hitting activism, Russell Brand is a household name. Most prevalent on the screen, his unique act can be found on Television, Film and Radio , as well as his popular social media videos where he highlights the injustices surrounding us.
Russell broke into the comedy circuit through his distinctive stand up shows, before progressing to host the Big Brother spin off, Big Brother’s Big Mouth, in 2004. Once he had a taste for the the screen, Russell went on to star in St Trinians (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) and Get Him To The Greek (2010). Russell’s enigmatic personality and eccentric portrayal of characters caused his popularity to sky rocket. With his adaptable yet recognisable voice, Russell’s acting career transgressed to voice overs in 2010, when he featured in the popular children’s film, Despicable Me. Proving itself to be a successful franchise, Russell returned to voice his character again in 2013.
In 2013, Russell returned to stand up comedy, releasing his highly successful Messiah Complex. In his hour and half special, Russell highlights the injustices in cult icons, corporations, commercial exploitation and celebrity worship, using his passion for activism and comedic capabilities to make a difference. Continuing his exploration of sociopolitical issues, Russell created his political-comedy web series, The Trews, in 2014. The Trews features Russell and his take on the media, as well as special episodes in which Brand responds to comments left by viewers. The show’s name is a portmanteau of “true” and “news”. In the same year, Russell released his book, Revelation, in which he advocates for a non-violent social revolution based on principles of spirituality and the common good.
Russell Brand’s most prevalent passion is arguably activism, he can regularly be found on social media putting the world to rights. As a guest editor of the British Political Weekly, Russell has spoken on a wide range of political and cultural issues, including wealth inequality, addiction, corporate capitalism, climate change, and media bias; Russell is an icon for public activism and comedy.
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