NEW YORK, February 18, 2009 — Hailed by Time Out as “The most exciting comedian of his generation, Russell Brand, announces his first ever COMEDY CENTRAL stand-up special, “Russell Brand in New York City,” which premieres Sunday, March 8th at 10:00 p.m. with encore presentations Sunday, March 8 at 12:00 a.m. and Friday, March 13 at 11:00 p.m.
From the theatre at El Museo Del Barrio in New York City comes the latest COMEDY CENTRAL stand-up special featuring the winner of “Best Live Stand-up” at the 2008 British Comedy Awards, comedian, actor and author Russell Brand. From Brand’s scene-stealing performances in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and Adam Sandler’s “Bedtime Stories” to hosting the incredibly successful “2008 MTV Music Awards” and his run of sold-out shows at the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival, Brand has taken the United States by storm. “Russell Brand in New York City” is a truly original, witty and gritty hour of stand-up viewers won’t want to miss!
Next, Brand will be seen in Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest” and in May 2009, he will begin production on “Get Him To The Greek,” a new Judd Apatow-produced comedy, in which Brand reprises his role as Aldous Snow, when the once-sober rock star falls off the wagon before a major gig. Brand’s much anticipated award-winning and bestselling biography, “My Booky Wook” will finally be released in the United States on Tuesday, March 10.
“Russell Brand in New York City” was executive produced by Jesse Ignjatovic.
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