Russell Brand Says He Wants A 'Revolution'

This program was originally broadcast on October 15, 2014.

The wild, funny, blithely offensive comedian Russell Brand takes on the world’s woes with us. He says he’s got the answer.

Comedian and actor Russell Brand, on the cover of his new book, "Revolution." (Penguin / Random House)
Comedian and actor Russell Brand, on the cover of his new book, "Revolution." (Penguin / Random House)

British comedian, actor, provocateur, activist Russell Brand knows how to mix it up wild and funny.  With his big mane, sharp mind, and glittering irreverence he has cut a wide swath in entertainment realms.  Played the blazing rock star in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.  Married and divorced Katy Perry.  Toured doing stand-up last year with his Messiah Complex show.  And now Russell Brand is going all-in on politics.  Revolution, actually.  Our world, our system is worn out and we know it, he says.  Time for revolt.  Up next On Point:  Russell Brand, and revolution.
-- Tom Ashbrook


Russell Brand, actor, comedian and activist. Author of the new book, "Revolution." Also author of "My Booky Wook" and "Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal." (@rustyrockets)

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 The Guardian: Russell Brand: "the Revolution cannot be boring" — "I know most people want change. I know most people can’t be happy with the current regime. In any electoral process worth having, we might assume that the 3.5 billion people who have as much wealth collectively as the 85 richest people in the world are up for some amendments an’ all. I just used the calculator on my phone to subtract 85 from 3.5 billion and the answer had a letter in it. Even the calculator has gone berserk at this injustice."

Washington Post: Callista Gingrich has more in common with Russell Brand than you might think — "Quick, what does Callista Gingrich, wife of former house speaker Newt Gingrich, have in common with kooky British actor Russell Brand?"

The Independent: Russell Brand is 'left-wing commie scum', Fox News says, as fight to the death continues -- "We’re not sure how nasty it has to get between Fox News and Russell Brand before the two decide to meet up, kiss and put it all behind them, but the war of words certainly makes for good viewing. "

Read An Excerpt Of "Revolution" By Russell Brand

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