It’s been 4 years since Russell Brand released his last stand up DVD “Scandalous” in 2009. Since then he has been busy pursuing his film career, had a brief go at marriage to Katie Perry which unsurprisingly ended very quickly in divorce and, raising awareness for Drug Addicts by visiting Parliament and putting the case that Drug Addiction is an Illness not a crime. So I was eager and excited to see that Russell had returned to Live Stand Up and was curious to see how much his style had been influenced by his aforementioned excursions. Well, fear not Brand fans, for his latest show is now available on DVD and you will be able to see for yourselves that Russell Brand is still very much at the top of his game, edgier than ever and guaranteed hearty belly laughs throughout! The concept of the MESSIAH COMPLEX is that Russell has chosen 4 Iconic leaders, Ghandi, Che Guevara, Malcolm X and Jesus Christ and, during the course of the show, he relates information about them, reveals something about them that is less than iconic and then compares himself to them!! It is brilliantly constructed, highly educational and side splittingly funny all at the same time. Russell has lost none of his swagger, dutifully patrolling the packed house for potential female partners for a post gig “liaison”, while taking the rise out of celebrity guests, Morrisey and Gary Lineker. “Tell me Gary…did you buy these seats yourself or did Peter Beardsley, buy the tickets, set it all up and at the last minute you swooped in and grabbed the glory?!!!” During the course of the show Hitler gets a name check as does David Cameron, while an attention-seeking heckler finds they’ve bitten off more than they can chew when they try to upstage Brand. This is without a doubt Russell Brand’s funniest DVD to date and I highly recommend it.
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