If anyone wants to see a modern day Renaissance man who seems to get better every year, you don’t need to look any further than Russell Brand, the outrageously quirky and undeniably intriguing actor, ex-junkie, social critic, professional celebrity, and stand-up comedian. He may be bizarre, but the man has a whole lot of talent, a passion for life, and a spectacularly overlooked amount of intelligence that makes his way of looking at the world both hilarious and inspiring. He is bringing his brilliant Messiah Complex to the Borgata Music Box in Atlantic City on September 14th!
No Lines Left Uncrossed
Brand is perhaps best known for being unusual, eccentric, wildly inappropriate, and equally unapologetic for his actions. He does it all in the name of fun, and he certainly seemed to enjoy his drug-addled late 20’s and the media attention that it brought him. More than that, it gave him an endless supply of anecdotes and material that had the rare edge of truth. His jokes are often too hilarious and weird to be made up, once again proving that life can truly be stranger than fiction. He has been in the center of numerous controversies and always seems to be doing something worth watching when the cameras begin to roll. From dressing up like Osama Bin Laden on September 12th, 2001, a stunt which got him fired from MTV, to blatantly being intoxicated and high in various professional settings, he has always managed to cause a bit of a scene.
However, Brand has also been praised for being a genuinely sweet and gentle celebrity, who is great with his fans and hasn’t let the bright lights of stardom blind him to his roots as a comedian or as a loyal Brit. Some of his most memorable bits come from his own experiences, and his comedy seems so genuine and honest because it actually is. It take a lot of guts to put yourself and the uncensored story of your life on stage for people to judge, ridicule, emulate, dissect, or condemn. When it comes to guts, Brand has it in spades. Here is a clip of Brand speaking about immigration and one of his favorite topics, biased mainstream media.
The Messiah Complex
Russell Brand is taking his fascinating messages on the road during his first ever world tour, entitled Messiah Complex. He will discuss Jesus, Gandhi, Che Guevara, Malcolm X, and even Hitler in terms of what their image is used for, and what message they may have originally stood for versus the image they are used for now. It reflects his recent evolution into a mainstream social commentator and critic, of which he was always on the fringes. Now, he has come to the forefront of discussions about major social issues, foreign policy, immigration, imminent wars in Syria, and everything in between. Brand took his goofy charm and made himself a household name, now, he has revealed a much more complex and intellectual side that can share valuable information with those same millions who loved him for silly clothes and outrageous behavior. Well played, Russel Brand. Well played.
Make sure you catch his Messiah Complex tour when Russell Brand comes to the Borgata Music Box on September 13th at 9pm. Tickets are on sale now for his unforgettable show, and you can also book your room at The Borgata at the same time to make your entire weekend convenient, thought-provoking and luxurious! If witty and insightful comedy isn’t your cup of tea, then don’t miss “Kool and the Gang” at the Tropicana Casino the following night!