Russell Brand Will Host FX’s First Late-Night Show


Earlier this week we raised an eyebrow over the news that Russell Brand would be teaming up with New Girl producers Chernin Entertainment to create his own animated series for Fox, which will be written by Bob’s Burgers sribes Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi. Now we find out that beginning this spring, he’ll also be hosting FX’s first-ever late-night show. The unscripted series, while straying from the traditional talk show format, will deliver viewers with an “unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture,” all taped in front of a live audience. Weird, right? It’s not that we don’t think Brand a talented comedian (especially his stand-up work), we just had no idea that he was suddenly such a hot commodity with American audiences. Didn’t Get Him to the Greek barely manage to break even?

Brand, of course, seems elated by the news, and is already saying inappropriate and entertaining things: “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.” We’re curious: Do you think there’s room in the late-night market for Brand’s more aggressive style of humor? And on a completely different note, how long do you think before we see a cameo by Katy Perry? [via Deadline]