16 Mar 2015

Sweets Way Sleepover

Join Russell for a Sleepover at 60 Sweets Way London N20 0NU Tuesday 17th March from 7.30pm
Movie night and camp out, snacks and sweets and fun


Nearest station: Totteridge and Whetstone

Sweets Way Resists is a campaign led by residents of the Sweets Way Estate in Barnet and their supporters, to prevent the social cleansing of our North London community by Annington Homes and Barnet Homes. At a time when residents are being told there are no truly affordable homes left in Barnet, Annington should not be allowed to bulldoze our homes to make way for luxury flats!
One of the 100+ empty flats on the estate has been occupied and opened as a social centre available to the community as an organising and social space, and to highlight the quality of homes that will be destroyed, simply because Annington doesn’t think they are profitable enough.’


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14 Mar 2015

The Trews Weekly Podcast : 9th – 13th March


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13 Mar 2015

Is Lil Wayne A Lil’ Ferguson? The Trews (E276)‬

‪Today I do a weekly round up of the top news stories… I discuss Robin Thicke and Monsanto, Lil Wayne and Ferguson and more…

13 Mar 2015

SXSW Statement

Some time ago when I was a newly recovering junkie sinking my teeth into succulent transatlantic fame we were contacted by a respected filmmaker who asked if I’d like to make a documentary about happiness and I leapt, ego first into a caper that would take 7 years and as many directors to complete.

Due primarily to my loopy truculence the process quickly got a bit muddled and we parted ways and I stumbled on with the project enlisting a series of different directors and producers, some of whom were dear friends, others were Oscar winners (all were good people) to do the real graft. It was chaos; we ended up in US Marine training camps, Louisiana penitentiaries, Occupy protests and backstage at MTV award shows with the world’s biggest stars.

Over the sprawling time period in which we’d been in production I’d transitioned from an attention-seeking missile, exploding into exhibitionism at every turn, into a man who, whilst still a show-off, was becoming disillusioned and disconnected from fame, celebrity and all it’s sticky ephemera.

When it was suggested that Ondi Timoner, the highly respected filmmaker who directed one of my favorite docs, “Dig!” take over the project I was relieved – as were the film’s, by now understandably anxious backers.

I let go of my mad ambition to direct and star in what had become a shambles and handed the reigns over to Ondi, who wanted creative control and to make a documentary about me and my transition from a relatively conventional celebrity to whatever the hell it is I am now.

Ondi is a very beautiful person and a director of peerless integrity, I suppose what I didn’t consider was that in letting go of the film, I was agreeing to be the subject of a biography. Posthumously this is a great honor but while you’re alive, oddly intrusive and melancholy.

You’d think a narcissist would like nothing more than talking about themselves and their “rags to riches”, “hard luck” story but actually, it felt like, to me, my life was hard enough the first time round and going through it again was painful and sad.

I know Ondi is an artist and I’m told the film is good but for me watching it was very uncomfortable.

I apologise sincerely to the organisers of sxsw for my non-attendance, especially Janet Pierson, Brian Solis and Rynda Laurel from the interactive festival who were responsible for the keynote talk that I was due to do.


12 Mar 2015

Are Racist Emails Normal At Work? The Trews (E275)‬

‪In this episode of The Trews I answer your questions about the racist emails from the Ferguson case, the launch of the Apple iWatch and the revelation that we are being spied on.

11 Mar 2015

Sack Jeremy Clarkson – Yes Or No? The Trews (E274)‬

‪Reaction to news that Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC after being accused of hitting his producer last week.

11 Mar 2015

The Russell Brand Podcast E5: Beeped Out People Preview

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10 Mar 2015

Why You Shouldn’t Buy The Apple Watch (SPiWatch) : The Trews (E273)‬

‪Reaction to the new Apple Watch launch and why we shouldn’t be buying it.

09 Mar 2015

What’s Really Important – The Colour Of Kim Kardashian’s Hair Or Husband? The Trews (E272)‬

‪Reaction to news that an un-armed African-American teenager was shot dead by police on Friday, Barack Obama marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march in Alabama…and the media decide to focus on Kim Kardashian’s new hair colour.

08 Mar 2015

The Russell Brand Podcast E4: The Hollywood Mole

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