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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. Well. Whole new opinion of the man. Had only seen the movies; will most definitely support his standup. Damn.

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Jun 18, 2013 11:41:02 AM

  2. His obit for Margerete Thatcher

    The blunt, pathetic reality today is that a little old lady has died, who in the winter of her life had to water roses alone under police supervision. If you behave like there's no such thing as society, in the end there isn't. Her death must be sad for the handful of people she was nice to and the rich people who got richer under her stewardship.

    His appearing before UK committee about drug addiction

    People need to look past his hair and clothes and understand there is a brilliant mind there that knows and sees more than many others while cutting through the BS

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 18, 2013 12:15:22 PM

  3. That was refreshing.

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 18, 2013 12:21:48 PM

  4. OMG he just so schooled them. LOL

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jun 18, 2013 12:47:17 PM

  5. Brand is so much more intelligent than the average celebrity. Although I didn't watch his show regularly, I enjoyed it when I did.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Jun 18, 2013 12:48:33 PM

  6. I don't get why so many people never liked him or didn't enjoy his movies. I've always thought he was amazing.

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 18, 2013 1:33:35 PM

  7. to me, this was one of those situations wherein one has two quite valuable and satisfying friendships, but putting the two together in the same room at the same time turns both of them into squabbling children, not that brand or brzezinski were childlike, but simply that they started off and finished at cross purposes, and that yes, the interview started off BADLY, by completely misjudging the content of brand's character, if one chooses to use that metric.

    i find that as annoying as scarborough's misconceptions about economics and good government are, he brings smart people of many persuasions to the table to discuss things in a relatively civilized debate style format. some humor is used to leaven what might otherwise be a political gunfight at the OK corral. mika is ANYTHING BUT a talk show bimbo, and continuously throws joe an anchor when he is drowning in his own pomposity. it is the only, imho, political, social talk show worth participating in, and almost always offers a thoughtful discourse in the time allotted.

    clearly, some producer who was aware of brand's intellectual capacity brought him on to do his promotional schtick, and mika, probably writing him off as a lunatic comic, did not do any research or solicit any opinions. she was, they were, incredibly rude, thinking they were talking over his head, from the very beginning. dismissing russell brand as an airhead while he is a guest is a very very bad idea, and i don't know yet if they know how badly they came off. i hope they go back and look at the "tapes" for enlightenment.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jun 18, 2013 3:03:48 PM

  8. Mika was treating Brand like some bimbo there to promote his show and not worthy of her consideration. He turned that around and she looked like the bimbo.

    Brand always comes off looking like the smart one in every interview I've seen.

    Posted by: They got Branded | Jun 18, 2013 3:12:28 PM

  9. The first time in recorded history when "Morning Joe" (or, perhaps, Mourning Joe) can be said to have been anything but endlessly tedious, sanctimonious, pedantic, and pompous. I almost never tune in, but did catch this segment. What a treat!

    Posted by: Keppler | Jun 18, 2013 3:14:49 PM

  10. Wow, I had to watch this twice. Loved the fact once they all eventually realized what Russell was telling them and how they had no chance against his intellect, control, wit and power, how they arrogantly tried to dismiss him. The woman was stunned. Many people look down on someone superior to them, just because they are in the power position, but these people were exposed! How much therapy and talent they need.

    Posted by: MSquare | Jun 18, 2013 4:17:12 PM

  11. I've never been a fan of Brand's movies, but he managed in a very brief time to show himself to be 3 times brighter than those dolts who pretend to be TV journalists. I think the entire segment passed, and the hosts still hadn't figured out that he was making fun of their careers.

    Posted by: BillinSonoma | Jun 18, 2013 6:29:01 PM

  12. This was a nicer evisceration than what John Stewart did to "Crossfire," but it was an evisceration nonetheless.

    And the "anchors" were so dumb I don't think they noticed.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jun 18, 2013 8:58:35 PM

  13. I think his Brand is self centered egotism. I don't like him.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 18, 2013 9:41:59 PM

  14. Andrew - You just described all brands.

    Posted by: Markt | Jun 18, 2013 10:52:40 PM

  15. I have been a fan of Russell's since he kicked the booze and drugs. He's a very funny and intelligent man. He's also very tolerant and kind. Around the 2 minute mark you can see him give a sort of look in his eye as if he's wondering what in the world is wrong with that woman. You can see by Mika's actions that she catches on she's offended him and he's put her in her place, hence her stepping away further from him, pulling her arms in close, shoulders hunched. You can see he has surprised all three of them with his intelligence. I guess they thought they would all make some tacky jokes and that would be it?

    And WHO is Willie Brandt?

    Posted by: Maria | Jun 19, 2013 12:10:53 AM

  16. So to answer the question put forth, does Russell Brand have a messiah complex? Absolutely but that probably wanes in comparison to some giggly journalists who had their egos delivered in a hand basket courtesy of the messiah himself…

    Journalism, not for a moment but edge off the pants entertainment? Every second of it bixches...

    Posted by: scallywag | Jun 19, 2013 8:19:52 AM

  17. "When people affect fake stares and things..."

    *returns fake stares*

    Love him!

    Posted by: Pamlet | Jun 19, 2013 11:23:53 AM

  18. @Markt: you are quite witty yourself.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Jun 19, 2013 3:42:32 PM

  19. the hosts are idiots. they can't be expected to keep a conversation. also referring to him in the third person is extremely rude and condesending.

    Posted by: diane | Jun 19, 2013 4:12:02 PM

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