Russell Brand: Messiah Complex to Make U.S. Premiere on EPIX November 28, 10 PM ET/PT
EPIX Original Comedy Event Debuts on Black Friday, Part of Thanksgiving Weekend
“Supersized Feast of Comedy”
New York, NY (October 8, 2014) – Premium TV network EPIX announced today that comedian Russell Brand will bring his singular mix of wicked humor and insight to the multi-platform service in the EPIX Original Comedy Event, Russell Brand: Messiah Complex, premiering on November 28 at 10 PM ET/PT.
Filmed live at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Messiah Complex takes a hilarious and scathing look at our insatiable craving for icons and divine wisdom. Through the lens of contemporary politics and culture, Russell focuses on heroes Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Gandhi, and Jesus Christ to lay waste to conventional thinking in an outrageous 90-minute special that holds nothing sacred.
“Russell Brand is a huge talent who welcomes the chance to challenge people, issues and institutions through his unique comic perspective, and we’re very excited to connect him to the EPIX audience across all of our platforms,” said EPIX President and CEO Mark Greenberg.
“Messiah Complex on EPIX is a joyous media event like the moon landings or the OJ Simpson trial. Except it really happened and no one gets murdered,” said Russell Brand.
Russell Brand: Messiah Complex will debut on EPIX on “Black Friday” as part of the Thanksgiving weekend “Supersized Feast of Comedy” marathon, November 27th through November 30th.
In addition to his standup performances, Russell has successfully brought his caustic wit and penetrating observations to the printed page. His newest works are Revolution (Ballantine Books, October 14th), in which he hilariously lacerates the straw men and paper tigers of our conformist times and presents; and a wildly funny and astute adaptation of The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Atria Books, November 11, 2014), the first in a series of Trickster Tales through which he brings his unique contemporary sensibilities to the classics.
Russell Brand: Messiah Complex is the latest special to join EPIX’s roster of original comedy events, which includes Lewis Black Old Yeller Live at the Borgata, Louis C.K. Hilarious, Jim Norton: American Degenerate, Dennis Miller: America 180º, Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny, Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time. Russell Brand appeared earlier on the network in Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball.
Russell Brand: Messiah Complex is an EPIX Original Comedy Event. Lucy Ansbro and Nik Linnen are the executive producers, Gareth Roy is the producer and Paul Wheeler is the director. For EPIX Ross Bernard is the executive producer.
EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android tablets and phones, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads® and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX) and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX).
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