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He has incorporated many of his controversial public antics into his comedic material.
A biographical documentary called Brand: A Second Coming was released in 2015.
Brand's first presenting role came in 2000 as a video journalist on MTV.
He presented Dancefloor Chart, touring nightclubs in Britain and Ibiza, and hosted the tea-time request show Select.
Brand was fired several days after coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the 11 September 2001 attacks and bringing his drug dealer to the MTV studios.
After leaving MTV, Brand starred in RE: Brand, a documentary and comedy television program that aimed to take a challenging look at cultural taboos.
Although he finished fourth, his performance attracted the attention of Bound and Gagged Comedy Ltd agent Nigel Klarfeld.Brand began performing in the US, and recorded a special for Comedy Central titled Russell Brand in New York, which aired in March 2009.In 2013, Brand presented and toured his comedy show Messiah Complex, in which he tackled advertising, the laws on drug addiction and the portrayal of his heroes, such as Gandhi, Guevara, Malcolm X and Jesus, and how he is, in comically contrived ways, similar to them.Brand attended Grays School Media Arts College and in 1991, he was accepted to the Italia Conti Academy and had his first year of tuition funded by Essex County Council.After his first year at Italia Conti Academy, Brand was expelled for illegal drug use and poor attendance.