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the best antidote for a butt-numbingly long drive

April 13, 2009

I don’t know about you, but in my world that would be listening to NPR over the incessant multi-layered kid chatter (if you practice often, you can reduce almost anything to white noise).

As this frequently occurs on the weekend, it’s hours upon hours of Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and Whad’ya Know? across mostly flat interstate highways.

Well yesterday, on the drive to Gramm’s for the yearly tryst with the Easter Bunny, it was Russell Brand speaking to Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

And it was so freaking funny, I swallowed my gum– twice!

You can have a listen here.

Russell Brand is the British actor and comedian most Americans know from the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which he plays a sex-crazed, inhibition-free rock star. Across the pond, he’s better known as a controversial tv/radio figure whose raunchy antics got him fired from MTV and incurred huge fines for the BBC- shenanigans he admitted were a consequence of his once-profligate drug use.

Some topics Russell goes over with Terry:

  • pulling down his pants at a public demonstration
  • presenting Dame Helen Mirren with a pair of his dirty underpants
  • auditioning for the Sarah Marshall movie without reading the script and consequently influencing Jason Segel to re-write the role into a very close approximation of Russell Brand in real life
  • releasing his new book, My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, And Stand-Up

Some Russell quotes from the interview:

  • “To tell you the truth, I’m an unreliable witness of my own existence- my autobiography should be dramatically edited by people who were actually there.”
  • “The idea that I could be perceived as a living-in-the-moment, hedonistic, Bacchanalian warrior for truth and beauty when I’m just as neurotic as the next man.”
  • “In a wedding ceremony there’s a point where they go, ‘Do you think these 2 people should get married, speak now or forever hold your peace’. Every person in the world always thinks they should shout something out at that moment, well sometimes I do.”


I’ll have to go look for his book when I’m next at the book shop.


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