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  • October 31, 2008

In Praise Of... Russell Brand

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
One of my favorite columnists from my favorite newspaper, the Guardian, is in "a spot of bother". (He made an "inappropriate" prank call on his BBC 2 radio program.) I have been an admirer of Russell Brand for several years. His weekend sports column, focusing primarily on his love for West Ham, the football club of which he is an ardent fan (and which turned out to be a dank little corner of London when I ended up near there accidentally about a year ago), is simply brilliant. His sentences are colorful, lively, warm, amazing. And completely original. His metaphors are incredible. He makes reading about sport a literary endeavor. Read these articles to get an impression of his style:

I'd never have thought I'd use this word to describe someone's way of speaking, but I saw his language referred to recently as "baroque", which is exactly right.

To see his true & 100% original brilliance, a David Letterman piece should serve well:

Other things I've seen of him on YouTube are a lot less good than the above (though his appearance on the Craig Ferguson show was also pretty brilliant). Anyway, I never knew that he had a show on BBC 2 and, now that I know, I'm very surprised at that. They don't deserve him and never did. Good for him for having resigned. And I'm looking forward to his next column already (one of the highlights of my weekend).

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Comments ( 5 )
  • DK Friday, October 31, 2008

    He's still on Channel 4 anyway. The new season of

    Russell Brand's Ponderland started last night. It was class!


  • Geertjan Wielenga Friday, October 31, 2008

    Wow, thanks for the tip. I'd never heard of Ponderland. I checked it out on YouTube. Brilliant.


  • markee Friday, October 31, 2008

    He was on Radio 2, not BBC2 (which is a TV channel)...


  • nick Saturday, November 1, 2008

    I like original humour and original wit. But I don't like people ringing up unsuspecting 70 year old men and leaving swearing on the answering machine and comments such as 'I've f\*\*ked you granddaughter'. ... and doing this on a publicly funded, national radio channel.


  • simon Saturday, November 1, 2008

    Dear nick, it is because of ignorant bandwagon sheep like you that this event has become a national embarrassment. For you and the other 37000 morons who didnt actually listen to the broadcast, it was ross who used the f word! Perhaps if you sad bastards spent less time moaning about other peoples lifes and grievances you might be shagging a few granddaughters for yourself and not be so clearly riddled with jealousy


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