Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien and… Russell Brand?
FX has made a deal with the British comic actor to host a late-night comedy show in front a live studio audience.
Currently described as “specials,” the six half-hour installments will feature the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star’s “unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture” in front of an audience and drawing “heavily on interaction with that audience.” If that sounds a bit vague, that’s because the format is still being hammered out, but sources say that the description shouldn’t be mistaken for a talk show.
“I am so excited I’m on the point of climax, in fact I will put the ‘O’ into FX, which spells Fox, which is actually the channel’s real name,” Brand said. “That’s the only thing that worries me about all this to be honest. At least I’ll be able to have a Christmas drink with Bill O’Reilly.”
Well, if Brand is going to do a comedy show on a U.S. cable network, he’s going to have to learn the difference between Fox and Fox News.
Brand is teaming with Flight of the Conchords producer Troy Miller on the specials, which debut this spring.