In 2006 Russell Brand exploded onto the international comedy scene. He has been named Time Out's Comedian of the Year, Best Newcomer at the British ...Show synopsisIn 2006 Russell Brand exploded onto the international comedy scene. He has been named Time Out's Comedian of the Year, Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards, and Most Stylish Man at GQ's Men. His UK stand-up tour was sold out and his BBC Radio 6 show became a cult phenomenon, the second most popular podcast of the year. Before the fame, however, Russell's life was anything but glamorous. His father left when he was three months old, he was bulimic at age 12 and he began drinking heavily and taking drugs by age 16. He regularly visited prostitutes in Soho, began cutting himself, took drugs on stage during his stand-up shows, and even set himself on fire while on crack cocaine. In 2003 Russell was told that he would be in prison, a mental hospital, or dead within six months unless he went into rehab. He has now been clean for three years, and hasn't looked back since. This is Russell's amazing story.Hide synopsis
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I'm a big fan of Russell Brand and expected this book to be a great read. It's pretty well written, but I lost interest about halfway through. Mr. Brand apparently thinks every detail of his childhood, teenhood and young adulthood is fascinating; I beg to differ. If the book had been half as long and edited with an eye to moving the story along at a better pace, it would be much better.
July 16, 2009
I'm a fairly recent fan of Russell Brand and the moment he said he'd written a book, I rushed out and BOUGHT IT! In fact, I was so delirious at the thought of its contents, based on Russell?s bizarre and adorable personality, I also bought one for my daughter?s upcoming birthday. He writes just like he talks, which makes it very easy to follow along, as he takes you step by misstep through his wonderful, scary, challenging life. If you don't know Russell, or have never heard of him, get this book! You'll know him by the time you?ve read the first couple of pages!!!! When describing him to others, I often say he could be Tiny Tim's illegitimate son (the 1960s Tiny Tim, not Dickens?) - he's THAT offbeat...but Russell is EXTRAORDINARY!!! He has been gifted by his mother and the universe with the ability to tell the truth ? and he does - - ALWAYS ? countered with a wink and a smile! He puts the fear of God in his interviewers, because they never know what he?s going to say next. Russell is a wind-up toy that remains energized 24/7! And that?s what we truly love about him!!! Welcome to STARDOM, RB!!! It?s been a short and rickety ride, but from here on out, you?ll shine! You are magic!!! And bless your sweet mum for sticking by you! You deserve everything life can throw your way, so grab it all, sweet one! Always a fan, and so is my daughter! pzazzinClovis
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