Monday 19th, August 2013 / 21:28


Russell Brand is a tall grease-ball of a man, with a super high-pitched nasally voice, a filthy sense of humour and an uncanny charm. I absolutely adore the man. I was introduced to Brand for the first time through his role in Get Him to the Greek. I don’t remember particularly caring for him then, but he grew on me through various film and TV appearances, a quick and witty intelligence and through his love of yoga and Transcendental Meditation which has allegedly helped him overcome his drug addictions.

Brand is no stranger to controversy. He became a video journalist for MTV in 2000 and was fired a year later for dressing up as Osama bin Laden the day after the September 11 attacks and for bringing his drug dealer to the MTV studios.

His new stand-up comedy world tour, ironically titled Messiah Complex, will hit Calgary on August 23. Brand is known to have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which sometimes carries a messiah comple; a state of mind in which an individual holds a belief that they are, or are destined to become a saviour. Brand probably doesn’t suffer from a messiah complex and is likely poking fun at himself at this point. Snoop Lion on the other hand, likely does…

Next to Brand, Messiah Complex will also feature “Jesus Christ, Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcom X (& Hitler),” according to a media statement. We’ll have to wait and see how Brand will handle such a list of political and religious figures. It will be one hell of a night, I’m sure.

Brand’s world tour has already been cancelled in Abu Dhabi and Lebanon due to concerns his material would “sit uneasily in certain countries” and that there would be potential safety threats from extremist groups, reads “Russell Brand undone by Messiah Complex complications,” a Guardian story written by Matt Trueman.

Now I’m even more curious to see what Brand has to say about each of these famed figures. I’m also curious to know why Hitler has been put in brackets. Is it for shock factor? Will Brand leave him out in certain cities? With Brand’s reputation for dirty humour, it is certain he will shock. But I truly think his show is smarter and has more depth to it than we may think.

“The show examines ‘the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability,’” he is quoted in the Guardian story.

What if his world tour is more in praise of all these world leaders than simply being a nonsense dirty joke? There will undeniably be some mocking involved (it is a comedy show after all) but we’re still likely to leave with an entertaining new perspective of the world and of what these historic figures represent then and now.

Russell Brand will be performing here August 23 at the Jubilee Auditorium. The show is sold out.

By Claire Miglionico

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