The ‘Arthur’ star is launching the late night show as a way to discuss politics and celebrity culture in his typical off-beat style. He will also be interacting with a live studio audience, in the tradition of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.’
"I want to have an authentic, real relationship with current events,” Brand told the LA Times.
“We'll be dealing with the news in an irreverent but optimistic way. It's not going to be cynical, not 'Oh, this is the way things are and there's nothing we can do. It's about 'this is the way things are and there's something we can and must do.' It also has to be funny."
The show will feature Brand discussing news and current affairs with former congressional policy advisor Matt Stoller, the brother of Nicholas Stoller who directed both ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ and ‘Get Him to the Greek’ as well as ‘The Muppets.’ And it seems Russell is excited to have another brain to converse with and bounce off…
"Matt comes from the perspective of someone who understands American politics and media and how it works, and I come from the perspective of an electrified Peter Pan Dionysus figure," he continued.
The rest of the show will allow Brand time to chat to and interact with his audience, something he has a lot of experience with from his days hosting radio shows. As a comedian, whose witty verbal manoeuvrings got him into trouble when he first hosted the MTV Awards, this show seems to suit him to a tee!
"I'm not doing this for money or what it might lead to. This is the first thing I've felt in a long time that is in and of itself what I want to do. I want to be funny and spontaneous."
Written by Miranda Boyce
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