By Erin Strecker
June 18, 2013 at 06:36 PM EDT
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Hey, cable news: Don’t mess with Russell Brand.

The funnyman was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, and the gaggle of talking heads was a full-on hot mess interviewing the comedian. He was there to promote his upcoming Messiah Complex tour (sounds like someone has been taking naming advice from Jay-Z!), but instead, the talk devolved into questioning why they couldn’t understand his accent and openly admitting they knew nothing about him.

Brand remained a jovial sport, despite the complete lack of trying on the part of the anchors. Watch a cringe-worthy clip below, and then join me for some discussion questions:

1) Brand’s charm offensive with women is clearly still going strong: Could Mika Brzezinski have giggled any more?

2) How depressing was it that Brand totally schooled the actual reporters when it came to delivering news and asking questions? His talk show may have been canceled, but he clearly could fit right in behind the anchor desk.

3) Just a general “making fun of people” tip: Don’t refer to someone who can hear you in the third person. Astute observers will note that this is the part of the chat where Brand’s mouth is smiling but his eyes have stopped.

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