Love him or loath him Russell Brand is a personality that is hard to ignore. Born Russell Edward Brand on the 4th June 1975) he is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist.
Beginning his career as a stand-up comedian and later becoming an MTV presenter, Brand achieved notoriety initially as a TV host but later in films such as St Trinian's, Forgetting Sarah Marshall; and Get Him to the Greek. He also worked as a voice actor in the animated films Despicable Me, Hop and Despicable Me 2, and played the title character in the remake of the romantic comedy Arthur. In 2013, he released the successful stand-up special Messiah Complex.
Since guest editing an edition of British political weekly New Statesman in 2013, Brand has become known as a public activist and campaigner, and has spoken on a wide range of political and cultural issues, including wealth inequality, addiction, corporate capitalism, climate change, and media bias. This includes a much publicised interview with Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman in 2013, in which he disparaged the British political system as ineffectual, encouraged the British electorate not to vote, and endorsed an egalitarian revolution to replace the status quo.
In 2014, Brand launched his political-comedy web series The Trews (https://www.youtube.com/user/russellbrand/videos), released a book entitled Revolution, and began work on a documentary about financial inequality with Michael Winterbottom.
Whether you like him or hate he has a profound ability to communicate his understanding of spirituality and the reality that we are all part of. If you ignore the messenger and only listen to the message you can’t fail to tip your hat to his colourful articulation of these topics.
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