Being interviewed on live broadcast is as easy as finding a way to be effortlessly charming and thought-provoking in a series of 10-20 second soundbites without stuttering or losing one’s train of thought—no big deal, really. It also involves a willing and gracious host, which foppish goofball Russell Brand didn’t find when he appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to promote his upcoming Messiah Complex comedy tour only to find that his interviewers were more interested in gawking at him like some zoo exhibit rather than engaging him in any meaningful way. Brand’s comedic persona is… extravagant, to put it lightly—I did just call him a foppish goofball—but he’s shown himself to be a clearly intelligent and on-the-ball thinker. When the hosts begin referring to him like he isn’t sitting right in front of them, he grabs the script (literally) and runs all over their professional demeanors, belittling them for being crummy journalists with the type of ha-ha wink that isn’t so ha-ha, regardless of the blank-eyed guffaws the MSNBC flacks try to deploy in order to lessen the tension.
At one point, he calls the main host a shaft grabber. But he also speaks up for the idea that just because he—or anyone, really—comes off like a novelty (because God, just look at him) doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of reasonable, rational thought, and that the hosts shouldn’t abnegate their responsibilities to at least show up prepared. He is also owning a bunch of dopes, too, and that’s fun to watch.