Russell Brand to host late-night show on FX

January 9, 2012

Irreverent British comedian Russell Brand has signed up for a new late-night comedy show on FX, the network said Monday.

The “Get Him to the Greek” star will give U.S. audiences his take on politics, news and pop culture in a six-episode show shot before a live audience.

The untitled venture, set to start later this year, is Brand’s foray into U.S. television after movie roles in such Hollywood comedies as “Arthur” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

Brand hosted a short-lived UK talk show in 2006 and was forced to resign as a BBC radio host in 2008 after making lewd prank phone calls.

“We’re very excited to add Russell Brand’s bracingly funny, original, and honest voice to the FX comedy lineup,” Nick Grad, original programming chief at FX, said in a statement.


Brand filed for divorce from pop singer Katy Perry last month. (Peter Kramer)

Grad said the show aims to “strip down the hosted comedy format to its most fundamental elements and to create something daring and unfiltered for the FX audience.”

FX, the cable arm of Fox television, said the half-hour show would draw heavily on audience interaction. Brand said he was “excited” about the new venture.

Last month, Brand, 36, filed for divorce from pop star Katy Perry, citing irreconcilable differences. The pair married in October 2010.

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