Deflecting most questions about his personal life, the British comedian touts his new FX show

By Stephen M. Silverman and Mia McNiece
January 15, 2012 07:00 PM
Credit: Flynet

Barely two weeks after filing for divorce from Katy Perry, his wife of 14 months, Russell Brand appeared to back in the business of being amusing – promoting his new FX show Strangely Uplifting and sidestepping as best he could any questions about his personal life.

Asked how he’s doing, Brand, speaking to TV writers in Pasadena, Calif., replied, “Quite well, thank you. Are you asking because of recent events? You are making the mistake of seeing time as linear. The brilliant American author Kurt Vonnegut, he’ll tell you that if you imagine reality as experienced simultaneously, events become redundant.”

Brand, 36, said the goal of Strangely Uplifting, which is set to debut in April and consists of his discussing current events with a small audience, was to make people laugh and be happy.

Is he happy right now? With a smile, he said, “Yes, I am.”

Will Strangely Uplifting reflect what’s going on in Brand’s personal life?

“There will be inevitable biographical elements, because you can’t speak from anyone’s perspective but your own. Unless you bizarrely adapt some sort of avatar,” said the British comedian. “It’s like I can’t speak from the perspective of Angelica Huston. People would think I lack the appropriate authority if I said, ‘Oh, I had a tumultuous relationship with Jack [Nicholson, Angelica’s former beau] and my father [late director John Huston].’ I am not qualified.”

He continued, “So there will inevitable be my experiences, I will speak from own my perspective. I live in this extraordinary country of yours. I’m not from here. It’s like the perspective of an alien trying to understand this peculiar time and this peculiar country. What I think, it’s a bit like Mork and Mindy.