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20 May 2010

Buy Love Here

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‘Buy Love Here’ is a pop up exchange shop, where for one day money will have no currency.
The shop is the brain child of British comic Russell Brand and will take place on Thursday 27th May 2010 at the Beverley Centre, Los Angeles.
The idea is to raise debate about the scale of consumer culture and to promote the re-use of products in a surplus society. A social experiment, it aims to examine shopping habits whilst providing an opportunity for Russell to speak directly with the public and gauge opinion.

The day will be filmed as part of an ongoing documentary Russell is currently filming about the pursuit of happiness.

Many of us are guilty of buying things we don’t necessarily need or updating products before the previous model is truly defunct. With this in mind the shop offers customers an opportunity to put those unwanted items to good use by offering them in exchange for something they actually need.

The shop will initially be stocked by donations from Russell, his friends (some celebrity) and companies prepared to contribute end of the line/ out of season items. We are also welcoming donations from the public.

On the day Russell will act as vendor greeting customers and managing exchanges. Ideally we’d like the day to serve a genuine purpose and therefore hope that customers will bring items of some value, not in terms of their financial worth but with regard to their function. However, don’t let this put you off bring your unwanted items and get prepared to swap.

You can offer donations by emailing info@buylovehere.com – we will arrange drop off and collection.

Join the Facebook group here

http://www.buylovehere.com

01 Feb 2010

Russell performing at Stand With Haiti benefit

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Tuesday, February 2nd @ 7:00pm
The Wiltern Theater

Tenacious D and Friends will bring together some of the biggest names in comedy and alternative rock for Stand With Haiti, a very special event benefiting Partners In Health and their Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Tenacious D will team up with an array of special guests, including Frank Black, Russell Brand, Aimee Mann, James Mercer, Bob Odenkirk, Patton Oswalt, Maya Rudolph, Jason Segel, Ben Stiller and Tig.

Book tickets here

01 Feb 2010

video: Vanity Fair shoot March 2009

This vid from the photo shoot for Vanity Fair in March 2009 is well worth another viewing.
And here’s a trivia question for you – Both Charlie Chaplin and Russell were ‘discovered’ performing at which London theatre?

01 Feb 2010

video: Russell at the Grammys

There’s more stuff here including some nice Dad’s Army references

27 Jan 2010

L.A stand up dates

Russell will be doing two gigs working on new material 28th & 29th January, 11pm at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028.

Book tickets here

23 Jan 2010

Hope for Haiti Telethon

Russell will be among the many famous faces answering the phones for George Clooney’s Hope for Haiti Telethon, broadcast live in the US 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT), and online.

Here’s a video of George Clooney talking about the event

27 Oct 2009

Russell on Happiness

radio live 59sml Russell will be talking about his thoughts on the idea of Happiness, including recent experiences of staying in Angola State Penitentiary, over two intimate stand-up gigs at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever on October 27th & 28th

In these shows he’ll be interacting with the audience as he shares his thoughts on the subject, which will be filmed for an ongoing documentary project

There are still a limited number of tickets available for both performances
Book here for Oct 27
Book here for Oct 28

24 Oct 2009

New U.S gigs

Russell will be doing two intimate gigs in Los Angeles at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever October 27th & 28th 8pm
There are a limited number of tickets for these two shows so grab them quick.
Book here for Oct 27th
Book here for Oct 28th

01 Oct 2009

The Shoe Fits

By Producer Jack

Having just spent the best part of ten days in New York City between a hotel room in Soho, the surprisingly well stocked grocers across the street and the Radio City Theatre, our sudden drive through the expansive cornfields of Iowa is more eerie than it might ordinarily be.

Beautiful as it is, I look at the lonely houses scattered through the maze of maize and primarily wonder if perhaps I am metro-polised – a word I think I may have just made up for being institutionalized in cities.

The come down after a night as glittering as the VMAs is palpable. Even as a non-performing member of the team, the focus and dedication it requires means that mental readjustments are needed. I can only imagine how these are multiplied by the high of live performance and without the option of getting blind drunk after.

To be honest getting the tone of the material right this year was a little tricky. At times we were treading a comedy tightrope fit for Pink’s circus.

It’s a particularly precarious gig because of the odd atmosphere in the room and Russell’s admirable desire never to compromise. Prevalent concerns produced by these elements are these kind of questions: Which celebrities will handle a gag ok? Will the audience have the concentration to appreciate this joke? Does my bum look big in this skirt? Sorry that was just me.

Deciding what material to actually include is a bit like that moment when you have to decide what shoes to take on holiday. You know one pair will inevitably spend the entire break in the suitcase, it’s just bloody difficult to predict which ones before you go.

The dressing room prior to the show has the air that I assume is generally reserved for that of a pro boxer. By then the preparation is done, it’s just the psychological battle at this point. Russell calmly paces the room deeply inhaling as the team offer words of positivity. Finally there is a knock from the floor manager and it is time. A quick hug from the gang and he is off, wandering out into the abyss of a live nation. Rather him than me.

Backstage, in our little room we call the ‘dog basket’ the team huddle round an unnecessarily small TV with the collective nerves of a parent at the first school play. It’s odd to watch a man exit a room and immediately appear on TV, it’s especially hard to comprehend that on the other side of that grubby blue-tacked wall is the bonkers glam of the VMAs. There he is though, our very own Essex boy up on the stage effortlessly carrying some pretty weighty focus.

Meanwhile, back in the basket our odd co-operative silently lip sync his lines and cheer laughs like he’s scoring goals. Gareth and I look at one another grinning and realize he is comfortable out there – the show is in safe hands. Russell is a man uniquely at home in mind-boggling conditions, the added chaos of Kanye just made him more at home. I glance around at the traveling sitcom he has assembled as a team, there is a communal surge of relief and, might I add some really appropriate shoes.

16 Sep 2009

Live gig just announced

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Just announced – Russell is doing a live stand-up gig
Wednesday 09/16/09 at 11:30 PM
45 Bleecker New York, NY
Get tickets direct from Live Nation
Apologies for the short notice