Russell Brand is rarely at a loss for words. In fact, the British comedian/actor/Katy Perry hubby can’t seem to find enough ways to corral his torrent of thoughts, jokes and observations. And since he’s already hosted awards shows, radio programs, headlined movies and perfected the art of erudite stand-up comedy on both sides of the Atlantic, an American late-night series seems like the next logical step.
According to Entertainment Weekly that’s exactly where Brand will be headed in 2012. The “Arthur” star has signed up with the FX network to headline a series of six half-hour late-night comedy specials that will be filmed in front of a live audience. The shows will find Brand offering his, “unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture” while drawing heavily on audience interaction to keep the conversation flowing.
“I am so excited I’m on the point of climax, in fact I will put the ‘O’ into FX, which spells Fox, which is actually the channel’s real name,” Brand said in a statement. “That’s the only thing that worries me about all this to be honest. At least I’ll be able to have a Christmas drink with Bill O’Reilly.”
Though the format of the program is still being worked out, unnamed sources told the magazine that viewers should not expect a typical talk show. The programs are slated to debut this spring.
Brand will also voice a character in an animated comedy that he co-created that will air on the Fox network, following up on his voiceover work in the big screen animated features “Hop” and “Despicable Me.” Deadline Hollywood reported that the show could be loosely focused on Brand’s notoriously hedonistic lifestyle in his 20s.