Russell Brand Announces Religious Comedy World Tour, “Messiah Complex”

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Comedian, actor and author, Russell Brand announces his first ever world stand-up tour. Keeping in line with Brand’s comedic style, the tour, officially named ‘Messiah Complex,’ will be a dissection of various social and religious figures and the reality of their lives through comparisons of each other. Messiah Complex is a mental disorder where you think you might be the messiah.

Did Jesus have it? What about Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Hitler? All these men have shaped our lives and influenced the way we think. Their images are used to represent ideas that often do not relate to them at all. Would Gandhi be into apple? Would Che Guevara endorse Madonna? Would Jesus be into Christianity? All great people are flawed, all of us, flawed people are capable of greatness and for every identifiable icon there is an anonymous mob of unrecognized bods doing all the admin and heavy lifting. This show looks at the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability. Plus there’s sex. Obviously.

Brand states, ‘I am going to tour The World (our one, Earth) with Messiah Complex, causing bother and excitement and offering opinions that have not been either solicited or thought through.

Of course I’ll be in English speaking countries (UK, Ireland, US, Canada) but also Scandinavia, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine; anywhere that will have me to be honest and that are relaxed about free speech. As well as theaters I will be appearing in prisons, drug rehabs, social network HQs, universities, nationalist organisations, Mosques, foreclosed houses, protest sites, Synagogues and in people’s private homes. I dedicate this Messiah Complex tour to the four men that are it’s subject, Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus- I know this is what they would have wanted. If this is the end of the world I’m going to go out laughing with an erection.’
A full list of tour dates is below.

AUGUST, 2013
15 Abu Dhabi, UAE Du Forum
16 Abu Dhabi, UAE Du Forum
18 Beirut, LB Biel
21 Ottawa, ON National Arts Theatre
22 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
23 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
24 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
29 San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts
30 Seattle, WA Neptune
31 Portland, OR Newmark Theatre

6 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
7 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre
12 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
13 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel & Casino
14 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
20 Tampa, FL Ferguson Hall
21 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
22 Coral Springs, FL Coral Springs Center for the Arts

7 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall
9 Manchester, UK Apollo
11 Glasgow, UK Clyde Auditorium
14 Hammersmith, UK London Hammersmith Apollo
16 Portsmouth, UK Guildhall
17 Southend, UK Cliffs Pavilion
18 Brighton, UK Centre
19 Cardiff, UK Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
21 Ipswich, UK Regent
23 Plymouth, UK Plymouth Pavilions
25 Bournemouth, UK BIC
28 Bristol, UK Colston Hall
31 Newcastle, UK City Hall

1 Nottingham, UK Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
5 Berlin, DE Admiralspalast
6 Dusseldorf, DE Mitzubishi Electric Halle
7 Frankfurt, DE Jahrhunderthalle
9 Amsterdam, NL Heineken Music Hall
11 Dublin, IE Olympia Theatre
13 Belfast, UK Belfast Waterfront
16 Cape Town, ZA International Convention Centre
17 Johannesburg, ZA Teatro

2 Oslo, NO Folketeateret
3 Copenhagen, DK Falconer Hall
8 Stockholm, SE Cirkus
9 Reykjkavic, IS Harpa Eldborg Hal

Tickets for all Canadian shows are on sale NOW at Tickets for the UK shows go on sale Saturday, June 8th on or by calling the Credit Card Hotline on 08448758758. Tickets for US shows go on sale Friday, June 14th on Fans should visit for all tour and ticketing information.

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