Russell Brand is a comedian, journalist, TV and radio presenter and actor. He has won numerous awards including Time Out,s Comedian of the Year, Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards, Best TV Performer at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, Most Stylish Man at GQ,s Men of the Year Awards and the Sun,s Shagger of the Year.
"How could I get back the feeling I'd had in front of that audience?" Brand wonders about acting on page 93. Yes, you read that right-PAGE 93. It takes him THAT LONG to get around to this question, this sudden revelation, this epiphany that every other actor seems to have about page five. It might as well be page 903, because any spark of interest has been killed off long, long before. Brand goes on to describe how he "got on with" learning whatever craft he thinks he does, which translates to an additional 259 pages of doing drugs, failing, and what my catechism referred to as "premarital sexual congress." While Brand earns a few points for honesty, a big vocabulary, and general cheekiness, this is too dreary a recitation of various addiction treatments of a self-indulgent assworm. "It's difficult to be honest," he writes, "because in cold print it seems serious and egotistical" (note: another name for this condition is "Sting"). And while I'm a happily almost-married man, the dormant alpha male in me bridles at the thought of this taco head with Katy Perry in the same way it bristled at John Mayer with Jessica Simpson. Rated: X for eXcrement.-Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes," Booksmack! 9/2/10 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The most talented stand-up comedian to emerge in Britain this decade, Brand combines Eddie Izzard s rare ability to carry a whole crowd along on an audacious flight of comic fancy with the carnal magnetism of the young George Best. Audiences leave a Brand performance not just entertained but actively debauched by his catalogue of erotic misadventure. - Daily Telegraph