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19 April 2024

Brand gets late night comedy gig

Russell Brand (BANG)

By Reuters

Irreverent British comedian Russell Brand has signed up for a new late night TV comedy show on the FX network.

Brand, who last month after 14 months of marriage, will give American audiences his take on politics, news and pop culture in a six-episode series to be shot before a live audience.

The as yet untitled venture is Brand's first foray into US television following roles in Hollywood big-screen comedies Arthur, Get Him To The Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Brand, 36, began his career as a stand-up comic in Britain and went on to prove a lively if controversial voice on radio and TV there.

"We're very excited to add Russell Brand's bracingly funny, original and honest voice to the FX comedy line-up," Nick Grad, original programming chief at FX, said in a statement.

Grad added the show aimed to "strip down the hosted comedy format to its most fundamental elements and to create something daring and unfiltered," and would draw heavily on audience interaction.

Brand, a self-confessed former sex, drug and alcohol addict, says he is "excited" about the new venture.