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Russell Brand, York Barbican, March 14
CONTROVERSIAL comedian, actor, presenter and author Russell Brand has a message for his fans as tickets go on sale for his first ever world tour, bound for York Barbican on March 14 next year.
“I’m going to tour The World (our one, Earth) with Messiah Complex, causing bother and excitement and offering opinions that have not been either solicited or thought through,” he says.
“The show will be a dissection of various social and religious figures and the reality of their lives through comparisons of each other.”
Explaining the title, Brand says: “Messiah Complex is a mental disorder where you think you might be the messiah. All great people are flawed, all of us; flawed people are capable of greatness and for every identifiable icon there is an anonymous mob of unrecognized bods doing all the admin and heavy lifting. This show looks at the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability. Plus there’s sex.”
Brand’s world tour will be exactly that. “Of course I’ll be in English-speaking countries – UK, Ireland, US, Canada – but also Scandinavia, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine; anywhere that will have me, to be honest, and that are relaxed about free speech,” he says.
“As well as theatres, I‘ll be appearing in prisons, drug rehabs, social network HQs, universities, nationalist organisations, mosques, foreclosed houses, protest sites, synagogues and in people’s private homes.”
The 38-year-old comedian from Grays, Essex, last played York in December 2006 when he booked into the Grand Opera House for two nights.
Under the headline An Offensive Brand Of Intellectual Gags, The Press reviewer Natalya Wilson wrote: “Brand aimed to discuss sex in a ‘cerebral and intellectual way’, though whether he actually succeeded was another matter, as he went on to discuss every aspect of sex in a filthy, yet honest and hilarious way, the intricacies of which can not be discussed in a family-friendly paper.”
The foppish leopard will not be changing his spots next year. “I dedicate this Messiah Complex tour to the four men that are its subject: Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus. I know this is what they would have wanted,” says Brand. “If this is the end of the world, I’m going to go out laughing with an erection.”
Tickets for Brand’s first York gig in eight years are on sale at £27.50 on 0844 854 2757, online at yorkbarbican.co.uk and at the Barbican box office, open Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm. Please note, an age restriction of 15 and over applies to this show.
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