Thursday, December 15, 2011

Russell Brand to Host Late-Night "News" Show

This guy, unvarnished and
unscripted? OMG
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart may be looking over their shoulders today.

FX announced that it has signed a deal with crazy comedian Russell Brand for six half-hour unscripted late night programs to debut next spring.

According to FX, "these will feature Brand’s unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture."  

I can't imagine what an "unvarnished, unfiltered" Russell Brand is like.  I blush just thinking about it.

The programs will be shot in front of a live audience and the format will draw heavily on "interaction with that audience."

“I am so excited I'm on the point of climax; in fact I will put the "O" into FX, which spells FOX, which is actually the channel's real name,” said Brand. “That's the only thing that worries me about all this to be honest. At least I'll be able to have a Christmas drink with Bill O'Reilly.”

The series will be produced by FX Productions in association with Branded Films (Brand's company) and Dakota Films.

Brand began his career doing stand-up in the UK and launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006; the show was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live. In 2009, he toured the U.S. with Russell Brand: Scandalous. On the big screen, Brand is best known for his role as rocker ‘Aldous Snow’ in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.  His other film credits include Disney's hit, Bedtime Stories and the remake of Arthur (which marked Brand’s first role as a producer) and he lent his voice to the animated films Hop and Despicable Me.

Brand has written two books, My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-Up, which was on The New York Times best-seller list for five weeks in a row, and the follow up, Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal.

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