FX brass may have been worried about unpredictable Charlie Sheen at the TCA Press Tour in Beverly Hills, but it was British comedian Russell Brand who got all kinds of wild Saturday morning during a press conference for his FX show, “Brand X.”
Brand zigged and zagged haphazardly and hilariously on a wide range of topics that eventually careened into an outrageous comment about former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
A simple question from TV critics about which celebrity guests he’d like to have on his show drew this response from Brand: “Sarah Palin would be amazing, wouldn’t she?”
So, what would he like to ask her?
“I think we all know that I’ll go straight to the subtext because I think the reason that Sarah Palin has been so long tolerated is because of that latent inquisition around the vagina … People want to f— her, don’t they?”
“That’s why you tolerate her,” he explained. “You think, okay, that is a mad thing to say about seeing Russia out your window, but the d–k don’t lie.”
Brand also would like to have troubled actor Charlie Sheen on his show: “He can come on every week with a different one of his personalities.”
Here are some more gems from Russell’s brand of zany humor:
~Referring to that controversial “racist chicken dispensary”: “Didn’t Chick-fil-A say that they’re racist now? Oh, no, homophobic. I get mixed up with the prejudices. I forget who we’re supposed to hate.” “I don’t agree with eating the chicken anyway,” he added. “I think that’s an unkind thing to do to a chicken. Just let it carry on doing what it’s doing.”
~To a reporter out in the crowd: “You were easy to see. You were in a pool of light. You look like you were put there by a Caravaggio.”
When the reporter admitted he didn’t know who Caravaggio was, Brand gave the journalists an art history lesson: “He’s an Italian Renaissance artist. He was a great genius, but like he killed someone in a dual. So, like, in the old days — everyone thinks, ‘Oh, you’re an artist,’ like everyone’s got asthma. But they used to go out and f—ing kill people.”
~When asked ‘Where are your shoes?’ the barefoot Brand replied, “They’re at home with their stepmum. They’re not my children.” [Actually, he says he hurt his foot doing "kicky boxing."] He added, “Shoes are in themselves an oddity. Actually, the real question is why are you all wearing shoes?”
Shoes or no shoes, Brand knew he had stuck his foot in his mouth with the Sarah Palin sex talk. As the comedian exited the stage, he whispered to an FX publicist, “Was that bad?” (You betcha! Also: Funny.)
Luckily for Brand, the network had announced Saturday morning prior to his lively turn on the stage that it has renewed “Brand X” for a second season.