Controversial British actor, comedian and cultural lightning rod Russell Brand now has a U.S. late-night show, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog.
FX has ordered six half-hour installments that it’s calling "specials," the story reports. Brand will provide an “unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture" in front of a live audience, according to the network. It won’t be a talk show, however, the story adds.
While the format is still in the planning stages, the comedy-oriented show will be shot in front of a live audience and will include audience interaction, the story notes.
Brand, who achieved mainstream status in the U.S. with his role in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” said: “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. 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.”
Brand, who is married to U.S. pop singer Katy Perry, is known for his eccentricities, his history of substance abuse and his willingness to court controversy by pushing boundaries. He got attention for a string of controversial antics in the U.K., including being dismissed from MTV after dressing up as Osama bin Laden.