The often controversial British comedian Russell Brand has been shocking the mainstream culture recently, not with his comedy but with his intellect.
Although he's only 38 years old, Russell Brand has certainly made his mark in this world. In addition to his stand up comedy he has starred in several movies, (including Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, and the 2011 remake of Arthur) hosted his own radio show, and hosted a television program on FX. He was also a subject of controversy several times for calling former U.S. President George W. Bush a "retarded cowboy" and making some prank calls on his radio show. But after all of this, Brand now seems to be making his mark in a much different way; through intellect and spirituality.
Following his infamous addiction to drugs and alcohol, Brand has been noticeably more intellectual and spiritual. He practices transcendental meditation, which he says has helped him in his recovery from addiction and he has taken a more prominent stance on several current events and political issues. Earlier this summer he shocked millions when he made an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe program in which he left the hosts speechless talking about the cultural addiction to superficial 'worldly' things and the agenda of the news media. Brand also recently made an appearance on The Alex Jones Show where he talked about everything from current events to the manipulation of information in society. In the interview with Alex Jones, Jones asked Brand what was most important to him at the time.
"The thing that is most important to me," said Brand. "Is the thing that I'm talking about in my show. It's the cultural narrative that we're told; the way that we are presented with information; the way that meaning is designated; the significance that is given to certain issues and not to others and the light in which stories are told."
Brand is currently on a worldwide tour called the "Messiah Complex" in which he talks about Che Guevara, Malcom X, Mahatma Gandhi, and Jesus Christ and the ways in which those people are used as icons in society. He is scheduled to be in San Diego, Phoenix, and Washington, DC within the next two weeks.