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Russell Brand at Sunderland Empire

HE came, he saw, but did he conquer? Well, Russell Brand did at least on stage last night at Sunderland Empire.

HE came, he saw, but did he conquer? Well, Russell Brand did at least on stage last night at Sunderland Empire.

But I didn’t hang around afterwards to find out if he achieved his stated objective of having a threesome with members of the audience.

It would appear that option A, as far as Russell was concerned, involved a lady in the front row who just didn’t know when to shut up.

He tried. He really did. Even coming over all head-masterly and splitting up her and her mates, taking a mobile off one and a handbag off another.

Later he resorted to calling up “mam” on the mobile and we all listened as she said her daughter would go all the way on the first date.

Russell was sufficiently encouraged to tell her to get on a bus straight away and come and meet him for some naughty goings on.

So who likes Russell Brand? Well, your mother wouldn’t – and I sincerely hope last night’s “mam” didn’t hop on that bus. From the stories he told he really could have been serious.

His show is fast-paced, making good use of his quick brain and poetic turn of phrase – even when the subject matter would have made Billy Connolly blush.

Like Connolly, he is at his best when he’s off script and commenting on what he sees and hears. A main part of his performance this tour is rummaging through local newspapers and ridiculing what he finds. That part was rather short last night.

Should we take that as a compliment Russell? If so I’d like to repay it. Come back soon.

Stephen Gove

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