MTV Video Music Awards Bring Back Comedian Russell Brand
After bashing the Jonas Brothers, getting into a verbal battle with Jordin Sparks and making fun of the then President of the United States, the safe money was on Russell Brand NOT being asked to return as host of the MTV Video Music Awards.
Sorry, America, but he’s baaaaaack.
The English comedian, best known for his role as rock star Aldous Snow in the comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” will host the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13 at 9 p.m. E.S.T and P.S.T.
In the United Kingdom, Brand is one of the biggest stars there is. Though he’s primarily a stand up comedian and actor, almost anything he says and does is covered ad nauseum by the tabloids. For example, in 2008, he made some prank calls to a fellow actor about sleeping with his grand-daughter on a radio show and was promptly fired.
With this MTV gig, though, it seems the controversy did him good. During last year’s show he repeatedly took digs at the Jonas Brothers for wearing purity rings until “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks finally said something. Of course, Brand replied, though he eventually had to backtrack a little. He also called President Bush a “retarded cowboy” and seemed very awkward overall.
One can bet that the comedian, who is currently filming a spin-off to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” about his rock star alter ego, will take being asked back as a license to trash every celebrity in the house. We can’t wait.
Taylor Swift and Muse are also the first musicians to be announced for the show