When comedian Russell Brand took the stage to promote his new FX show, Strangely Uplifting, everyone knew the unfiltered comedian would have plenty to say.
And his answers to reporters' questions—essentially an impromptu standup routine—ranged from golden showers to ridiculing Newt Gingrich's "ludicrously amphibious bizarre name."
Brand replied in riddles to a reporter's oblique question about his well-being following the divorce announcement. "I'm quite well, thank you," he said. "Because of 'events,' I suppose what you're doing is making the mistake of seeing time as linear." Got it? The comic "clarified" his point by citing Kurt Vonnegut: "He'll tell you that if you imagine reality as experienced simultaneously, events become redundant."
When pressed after the presentation, Brand insisted:
"I'm happy my darling. I am happy, thank you."
Despite the focus on his personal life, Brand still thinks it's "the perfect time" to be launching a new show. "It's always the perfect time."
Probable targets of satire on Strangely Uplifting will consider conservative culture, which Brand says is "like a pink pony trotting through the world s--ting glitter…affecting the synaptic firing of our brains. We can't think, they're filling our minds with s--t glitter, obliterating thought."
The series will air just two or three days after filming, so Brand will be able to discuss topical events. Marines urinating Afghan corpses, for example.
"Why are we more shocked about people pissing on a dead body than killing a live body?" Brand asked the gathered reporters. He joked that Uplifting's producers would nix this topic by saying, "It's too much—it seems like you're endorsing it, it's implied that you're into golden showers and that makes you an unsympathetic protagonist for a mainstream show."
Would Brand be willing to talk about himself when he makes headlines?
"If I'd done something actually newsworthy—by some bizarre quirk [wink wink]—then I'd cover it. But if it was just more lacquered nonsense designed to distract us from truth, then I'd wisely ignore it…I don't want to further celebrate the overly elaborate brittle structures of nonsense that are constantly fired into our minds to constantly distract us from what's important."
Russell Brand's Strangely Uplifting premieres in April; FX has ordered six installments of the late-night take on politics and pop culture.