Russell Brand: 'Katy Perry? I don’t know who that is'

Watch the comedian's spoof Thanksgiving segment filmed for Live! With Kelly and Michael and a room full of bemused-looking children

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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.


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.