Russell Brand: Career

As a stand-up comedy actor, Brand's first significant appearance was at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year final in 2000 and his performance attracted the attention of an agent, Nigel Klarfeld of Gagged and Bound Comedy Ltd. That year, he also made his Edinburgh debut as one-third of the stand-up show Pablo Diablo's Cryptic Triptych.

In 2004, he took his first one-man stand-up show, the confessional Better Now to the Edinburgh Festival, and in 2005 he returned with Eroticised Humour.

He launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006. The show was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live. Brand appeared in a sketch and performed stand-up at the 2006 Secret Policeman's Ball.

In March 2007, he co-hosted an evening of the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs with Noel Fielding. In December 2007, Brand performed for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip as an act in the 2007 Royal Variety Performance.

Stand-up comedian Russell Brand had his second nationwide stand-up tour, in 2007, called Russell Brand: Only Joking and released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doin' Life.

Brand began performing in the U.S., and recorded a special for Comedy Central titled Russell Brand in New York, which aired in March 2009. Brand began touring the UK, America and Australia from January to April 2009 on a tour called Russell Brand: Scandalous. In October a further four dates that were performed in November were added to raise money for Focus 12, the drug charity for which Brand is a patron. Russell Brand: Scandalous was released on DVD on 9 November 2009.

Along with his stand-up debut, Brand's first presenting role came in 2000 as a VJ on the MTV. He presented Dancefloor Chart, touring nightclubs in Britain and Ibiza, and hosted the tea-time request show Select. Brand was fired after coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the 11 September 2001 attacks and bringing his drug dealer to the MTV studios.

In 2002, Brand starred in RE:Brand, a British documentary and comedy television programme that aimed to take a challenging look at cultural taboos on UK Play.

In 2004, he hosted Big Brother's Eforum on E4. For Big Brother 6, the show's name changed to Big Brother's Big Mouth. Brand also hosted a one-off special called Big Brother According to Russell Brand, in which Brand took a surreal, sideways look at Big Brother through the ages. On 8 January 2008, Brand was the fifth celebrity to "hijack" the Big Brother house,[18] in the E4 show Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack.

Brand next returned to MTV in the spring of 2006 as presenter of the chat show 1 Leicester Square. A second series began in September 2006 on MTV UK. After Big Brother 7 finished, Brand presented a debate show called Russell Brand's Got Issues, on digital channel E4. The poor ratings forced the repackageing the show as The Russell Brand Show and move it to Channel 4 running for five weeks.

He presented the 2006 NME Awards, the 2007 BRIT Awards and presented Oasis with an "Outstanding Contribution to Music" award at the event. He also hosted one hour of Comic Relief. On 7 July 2007, he presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London.

On 12 December 2007, BBC Four aired Russell Brand On the Road, a documentary presented by Brand and Matt Morgan about the writer Jack Kerouac and his novel On the Road. Brand returned to Channel 4 to host Russell Brand's Ponderland. The show first aired on 22 October 2007, and continued for the next five nights. A second series began on 30 October 2008, and a Christmas special that aired in December.

As he was relatively unknown to the American public, Brand's stint as host of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards was not without controversy. Some of his comments led to Brand receiving death threats by some offended viewers. Despite this, Brand hosted the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on13 September 2009, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The ratings for the 2009 show were the best since the 2004 VMAs.

As an actor, starting 2002 comedian Russell Brand appeared on the TV shows Cruise of the Gods and White Teeth. In 2005, he played Tommy in the BBC sitcom Blessed. In 2007, Brand appeared in Cold Blood for ITV, and in the pilot for the ITV comedy The Abbey.He also voiced the Earth Guardian in Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind.

Brand had a small role in the 2006 movie Penelope, though his first major film role was as Flash Harry in the 2007 film St Trinian's. His breakthrough role was in the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Brand starred alongside Adam Sandler in the Disney film Bedtime Stories, released on Christmas Day 2008.

The comedian played the role of Aldous Snow in Get Him to the Greek, co-starring Jonah Hill. Brand was cast in Julie Taymor's version of William Shakespeare's The Tempest as Trinculo. In 2010, Brand voiced Dr. Nefario in the Universal movie Despicable Me and guest starred in The Simpsons episode "Angry Dad: The Movie" as himself.

Brand also starred in the 2011 live action/CGI animated film Hop in which he voices the film's main protagonist E.B. He also appeared in the Nickelodeon TV series Big Time Rush. He is also set to star as Lonnie in a movie adaption of 80s musical Rock Of Ages which is to be released in cinemas in June 2012.

Multi talented Russell Brand's radio career also began in early 2002 on London's Indie Rock station Xfm but got fired from the job after reading pornographic material live on-air.

Brand co-hosted The Russell Brand Show beginning in April 2006 on BBC 6Music. Which tranferred to BBC Radio 2 in November. Brand resigned from his show after being susspended after some of his calls during the show were found obscene. The BBC was later fined £150,000 by Britain's broadcast regulator for airing the calls. Brand returned to radio when he and Noel Gallagher hosted a football talk show on 19 April 2009 for talk SPORT and in 9 October 2010, with a Saturday night show that will last 20 weeks. From May 2006 till May 2009, Brand wrote a sports column for The Guardian . A collection of the columns from May 2006 through June 2007 was released on 15 November 2007 in a book titled Irons in the Fire. A second collection of the columns from June 2007 through May 2008 was released on 16 October 2008, titled Articles of Faith.

Brand's autobiography, My Booky Wook, was released on 15 November 2007 and received favourable reviews. Brand signed two-book deal with HarperCollins in June 2008. The first book was Articles of Faith, with the second being Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal released on 30 September 2010.

Russell Brand was a musician as well. He recorded a cover of The Beatles song "When I'm Sixty-Four" for the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall . He reprised his role as Aldous Snow in Get Him to the Greek and recorded sixteen songs for the soundtrack.

Brand appeared on the 2010 version of 3 Lions alongside Robbie Williams. Aside from his artistic career, comedian Russell Brand was some kind of an activist too. In January 2009, Brand and several other celebrities wrote to The Independent to condemn Israel's assault on Gaza. In February 2009, Brand and several other entertainers wrote to The Times defending Bahá'í leaders then on trial in Iran. In April 2009, he attended the 2009 G-20 London summit protests and spoke to the press.

Comedian Russell Brand got a lot of awards. In 2006, he received The Time Out and Loaded Laftas award for Best Stand-up and The British Comedy Awards for Best Newcomer. In 2007, he won the 33rd Annual Television and Radio Awards for Best Performer In a Non-Acting Role and laned on 69th place from 100 Greatest Stand-ups from Channel 4. He also won the 2008 and 2011 British Comedy Awards for Best Live Stand-up (2008) and Outstanding Contribution to Comedy (2011).

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