Russell Brand: Re:Birth

Now known for his political stance as much as his comedy, Russell Brand comes to Cambridge

“How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents?” asks Russell Brand in his new show, Re:Birth. Grappling with topics like responsibility, conformity and the dizzying transmutations wrought by first-time fatherhood, this new tour offers a taste of a more grown-up, even mature Russell Brand.

He’s come a long way from his days gobbing off on Big Brother’s Big Mouth, known more now as an outspoken political campaigner and activist than the cavorting, controversy-courting comedian of old. His showdown with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight in 2014, following which he
was briefly painted as some kind of political prophet in the UK, seemed to usher in a new phase, prompting a book on political revolution, various documentaries and his regular YouTube series The Trews: True News with Russell Brand.

If you’re worried he might have gone a bit too serious, don’t – his sharp-as-a-tack wit remains firmly in place, along with this impressive verbal dexterity and general charisma, all of which make for blisteringly good stand-up fodder. See him in action at the Corn Exchange on 18 July, tickets are £30.25.