Coming To America: Russell Brand

Russell Brand: Aidin Vaziri | Russell Brand is trouble. As the host of this year’s “MTV Video Music Awards,” he nearly brought the Jonas Brothers to tears and called President Bush “that retarded cowboy fellow.” On Sept. 12, 2001, he showed up for work at MTV in Britain dressed as Osama bin Laden. And then there was last month’s series of on-air prank calls to 78-year-old “Fawlty Towers” actor Andrew Sachs. Brand put the English tabloids in a panic after he left increasingly lewd messages for Sachs, crowing about sleeping with his granddaughter and worrying that Sachs might commit suicide on hearing the news. After drawing more than 18,000 complaints and the condemnation of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Brand quit his BBC Radio 2 show Wednesday and jumped on a plane to America. Now the controversial 33-year-old British comedian has landed here and he’s our problem. “I only want enlightenment and to convey love,” Brand said by phone just hours after arriving in Los Angeles. Continue reading.


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