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Watch Russell Brand Throw 'Morning Joe' Hosts into Complete Disarray: VIDEO


Russell Brand made an appearance on Morning Joe yesterday. Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist may have thought they were in for a lighthearted segment with Brand but his brilliant, subtle ruthless mocking of the morning show format completely pulled the rug out from under them.


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  1. Love it. It shouldn't go unnoticed that Mika kicked this off by saying "I'm not very pop culture." Of course, that is all she is and all she aspires to. Brand is after bigger fish.

    Posted by: melvin | Jun 18, 2013 9:14:21 AM

  2. "You know what happens if you work in media. People like to change the information
    so that it suits their particular agenda."
    -- Russell Brand

    Posted by: Gigi | Jun 18, 2013 9:26:46 AM

  3. He's too smart for this and exposes how these hosts are trained to avoid anything real or meaningful. Attempts at genuine insight or intelligent conversation are swept away with tedious jokes. If they'd stepped up to the plate they could have had a really interesting segment there.

    Posted by: Mother Jefferson | Jun 18, 2013 9:42:05 AM

  4. I like the HuffPo Live Russell Brand clip much better. Brand asks host Josh Zepps if he is heterosexual, and Josh says no. Then they open each other's shirts and play with each other's nipples (very nice, in Josh's case).

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jun 18, 2013 9:44:15 AM

  5. They were too flippant in the beginning of the interview. Russell caught on very quickly and let them have it. I like MIka, but that introductory statement (not knowing much about POP culture) was rude. The guy with the product in his hair was terrible.

    Posted by: dattexas | Jun 18, 2013 9:48:24 AM

  6. I love Russell and he is so polite and sweet.

    Why were they being so rude and nasty to him.

    Talking about him in the weird third person.

    Just another reason to never watch this crappy show.

    Posted by: Ray | Jun 18, 2013 9:49:13 AM

  7. Wow-I wasn't a Russell Brand fan before this, but he clearly, quickly, subtly, as well as overtly dismantled the team, the show, and the function or morning show in general. Clearly Brand is an intelligent and quick-witted man. I wish more artists can assert themselves and their views rather than sit back for soft-pitched interviews! It was hilarious and thought-provoking!

    Posted by: Alex | Jun 18, 2013 9:51:39 AM

  8. Yup. Look at Brand's face after Mika says she's "not very pop culture." He looks like he's quietly seething, thinking "Oh, now this game is officially ON."

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 18, 2013 9:51:51 AM

  9. It boils down to: they judged a book by its cover, and unfortunately thats what these "smart" news readers do. They try to act like they are in touch with the surrounding world, but really they have their views of what they expect from certain people and are "impressed" when a person they had little regard for shows some intelligence

    Posted by: Spike | Jun 18, 2013 10:05:06 AM

  10. Wow! I really have changed my opinion of Brand..for the better!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jun 18, 2013 10:16:04 AM

  11. Wow! I really have changed my opinion of Brand..for the better!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jun 18, 2013 10:16:05 AM

  12. And, just after the segment, the crew came out to mop the "hosts" off the floor.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 18, 2013 10:17:06 AM

  13. I wouldn't ever have categorized myself as a fan of Brand, but this brings me steps closer.

    Posted by: JonQPublik | Jun 18, 2013 10:21:39 AM

  14. I loved it. When he pointed out how low cut her dress was I lost it!

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 18, 2013 10:25:57 AM

  15. Willy Brandt was the Chancellor of Germany in the early 70s.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jun 18, 2013 10:27:24 AM

  16. Wow!

    Posted by: kdknyc | Jun 18, 2013 10:30:39 AM

  17. That's NOT Willie Geist, it is Brian Shactman, a CNBC reporter. (Along with Mika nd Katty Kay of BBC World News America.)

    Posted by: Don | Jun 18, 2013 10:34:59 AM

  18. She had it coming! Effing brilliant. New Russell Brand fan.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 18, 2013 10:47:31 AM

  19. Russell Brands humour is far too intelligent..
    He's essentially mocking the rest of us tend to do..(cut to Kristen Wig and Steve Carrel presenting TP Striders on Jimmy Kimmel)

    Posted by: darren | Jun 18, 2013 10:48:05 AM

  20. "Is this what you do for a living?"
    Subtly savage...loved it!

    Posted by: Greg | Jun 18, 2013 10:50:23 AM

  21. Media "allows itself to be manipulated by superficial information; don't be distracted by what I'm wearing."

    If these people are the hosts, I'm sure their audience was 'checked-out' thru Russell's entire segment... however, he was terrific, we need more of him.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jun 18, 2013 10:51:13 AM

  22. The hosts around the table are sickening. The show should be called "The Idiot and The @sshole." Joe is like any other frat boy from the south and Mika is just plain stupid. And Willie Geist, cute though he is, may be the dullest human being on the planet.

    What's even more frustrating is their roster of guests on any given day far surpasses any other morning "news" show so if you can suffer through the hosts, the others usually have relevant things to say.

    Posted by: kaccompany | Jun 18, 2013 11:07:06 AM

  23. If you have seen his stand up then you know he is hilarious, brilliant, and an iconoclast...especially dealing with sexuality and religion which he can wax philosophical about though irreverently (rightly so) and in a funny way

    his movies suck though

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 18, 2013 11:28:12 AM

  24. OH! What a fan am I! Television should be provocative & stimulating, & of course, it's not. He has tremendous presence. For another glimpse at Brand's superb manner with people under such artificial & contrived circumstances, Google his visit with Sophia Grace & Rosie on Ellen.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jun 18, 2013 11:35:50 AM

  25. PS on why his movies never really worked....they were like holywood assuming things via his hair and manner of dress that weren't anything like his stand up act and he being mesmerized by them throwing money at him hand over fist.

    Ah well, looking foreword to his tour and hoping it gets back to the roots of his comedy/ brilliance

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 18, 2013 11:40:07 AM

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