For days I've been reading "Russell who?" and "what's with the hair, already?" on various US based websites. Now, if Brand is to be believed, Americans will be seeing a lot more of the cheeky mockney.
I know, it's hard to believe, but MTV bosses were so impressed with his jibes while hosting their Video Music Awards that they've been hounding him to sign up to do the same next year.
Russell took time out of his increasingly busy schedule to say: "My phone hasn't stopped ringing. Most people thought it was great and I’m pleased with how it wentThe executive producer came up to me straight after the show and asked me to sign up to do next year's awards too. The viewing figures went up 20 per cent on last year's show which is unbelievable. I'm really flattered… It is the hardest thing I've ever done and I will think very carefully about accepting. I spent a lot of time suppressing the urge to scream a career-ending remark during the show." 'Cause saying the Jonas brothers should force their nethers into their purity rings, and calling the nation's leader a retarded cowboy, is just good wholesome fun.
If Russell's original script had been allowed by MTV, perhaps things would not have been so well-received: "I had John McCain gags pulled. And they asked me to tone down the gags about Sarah Palin. I wanted to say she was forcing her teenage daughter to have a baby because she is so anti-abortion. But also, as a Republican, she is pro-execution so she is going to give her the electric chair for being a little sl*t. They weren't keen on that one."
Fair enough. He has a point though. How can someone be pro-life and pro-execution? The only person really qualified to run that country is Jon Stewart. The sooner that happens the better.