UPDATE: Russell Brand has also signed a deal to develop an animated series for Fox, based loosely on his life in his 20s, according to Deadline. As you may know, Brand was a sex and drug addict in his early days. That would make for a pretty raunchy cartoon show.
In the spring of 2012, American televisions will experience a new British Invasion; comedian and actor Russell Brand will be hosting his own late night chat show. Nick Grad, Executive Vice President of Original Programming for FX announced today they have reached an agreement with Brand for six half-hour installments of a yet-to-be-titled, unscripted series.
The program promises to feature the comedian’s often-controversial and assuredly raunchy opinions on pop culture, politics and current events in front of a live studio audience. The program format plans to have Brand interact with the audience in a way that is not typically done on late night television, furthering cementing the network’s reputation for edgy comedy thanks to hit shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie and The League, which was just renewed for a fourth season.
Brand is best known to American audiences for his turn as rock star Aldous Snow in the films Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. The stand-up comic also has a successful career as a radio personality in the UK and as the author of two best-selling memoirs– My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-Up and Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal.
“I am so excited I’m on the point of climax, in fact I will put the “O” into FX, which spells FOX, which is actually the channel’s real name,” Brand said. “That’s the only thing that worries me about all this to be honest. At least I’ll be able to have a Christmas drink with Bill O’Reilly.”
I, for one, am ready for American audiences to get even more cozy with the whirling dervish that is Russell Brand. After watching his Comedy Central special and seeing his appearances on late night television, I grew to love and adore Brand’s extremely intelligent, fast paced, irreverent personality and sense of humor. I believe this is a great opportunity for the channel to continue to support excellent comedy as well as allowing Brand to show American audiences he’s a lot more than just pop singer Katy Perry’s husband or the weird, slightly effeminate British dude who hosted the MTV Awards that one time.