Russell Brand has had an interesting few days in the media spotlight.
Putting his usual revolutionary spiel to one side in time for the American holiday of Thanksgiving (the nation were undoubtedly grateful for his temporary omission), he instead took a playful swipe at former wife Katy Perry during a televised meet-and-greet with children.
Filming a segment on Thanksgiving for Live! With Kelly and Michael , he challenged the youngsters to name their ideal dinner guests.
One girl misguidedly pointed to the cross-legged comedian, and said he would be her premier invitee.
The second girl said she’d rather eat turkey with Katy Perry, with whom Brand had terminated his marriage with via text (according to her) in 2011.
“Katy Perry?” he asks the child. “I don't know who that is.”
At the end of the segment, he further joked about “a hurtful mention” of his ex-wife.
Russell Brand's Most Controversial Quips
Russell Brand's Most Controversial Quips
1/19 On puberty:
“By puberty I learned that nothing worth having could be easily attained and to succeed one must be single minded."
2/19 On changing the world:
“I want to change the world, and do something valuable and beautiful. I want people to remember me before I'm dead, and then more afterwards.”
3/19 On being strong:
"Strength does not have to be belligerent and loud."
4/19 On grammar:
“I couldn't possibly have sex with someone with such a slender grasp on grammar!”
5/19 On manners in England:
"In England we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved."
6/19 On junkie v vegetarian:
“Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] - 'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox.”
7/19 On the future:
“People don't realize that the future is just now, but later.”
8/19 On sex addiction:
“Boggle with sex addicts is up there with go-kart racing with junkies.”
9/19 On life:
“My life is just a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents.”
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10/19 On happiness:
"If you want to be happy stop being so self-obsessed and start considering other people."
11/19 On drug addiction:
“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”
12/19 On sitcoms:
"I do have a regard for the musicality of language that came from BBC sitcoms like Fawlty Towers."
13/19 On life motivation:
"That's what keeps me alive, perversion and star quality.”
14/19 On love:
“When you fall in love you recognise you're not the most important person in the world, and your focus becomes another person.”
15/19 On threesomes:
“I like threesomes with two women, not because I'm a cynical sexual predator. Oh no! But because I'm a romantic. I'm looking for "The One." And I'll find her more quickly if I audition two at a time.”
16/19 On Conservatives:
"Conservatism appeals to our selfishness and fear, our designer and self-interest."
17/19 On surfing:
“Surfing should be called "foam-choking" or "sea stabbing.”
18/19 On Demi Moore:
"I've not made love to her yet, but it's a matter of time."
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19/19 On success:
"When I was growing up, I thought I'd be a lot happier if I was famous and successful and if I had money."
The wedding of the pop star and comedian back in 2010 was quite the event. The pair rode elephants to the scene of their nuptials in a Hindu ceremony in India in 2010. Brand filed for divorce 14 months later.
The spoof clip was aired as Brand recorded another interview with Alan Carr for his Chatty Man series in the UK.
During the show, he admitted he “wanted to kill someone” after he was trolled with the Blur lyrics “#PARKLIFE!’ following the publication of his book Revolution and subsequent press appearances.
Brand countered the social media ribbing by recording a parody version of the song.
“First of all I wondered, ‘What is that?’” he told Carr . “What does that mean? Then I looked at it and thought 'that's people digging me out because I'm using long words with my accent', and then there was a bit where I wanted to kill someone.
“Then I thought, hold on a minute - I'm a troublemaker, a mischief maker, embrace that, that's a right laugh - don't take life too seriously, soon we'll all be down in the grave. No-one's said nothing snidey to me this whole time.”
He went on to tell the comedian he’d “never felt more happy” than he did on completion of the book, Russell Brand's Revolution.Reuse content