Russell Brand says fatherhood has completely changed his approach to life and in his new show he’s set to share this discovery with audiences.
The English comedian, actor and radio presenter is set to bring laughter to the Granite City with his successful show RE:BIRTH at His Majesty’s next Thursday.
The comedian decided to call his tour RE:BIRTH because it is supposed to represent how he has been reborn as a result of the birth of his first child.
The show is focused on “unravelling the matrix of modern media” and the charismatic star will also do his best to answer questions such as “What is real?” “Who are we?” and “Where did this baby come from?”.
Russell said: “How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents?
“What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me or, worse, date someone like me?”
He added: “It is also about whether or not there is a thing that you can call your ‘essential self’, how you can get in contact with it, and how you find your way to the truth of who you are.”
In this show, Russell will comment from a ringside seat on the process of childbirth.
He will talk about how being in the room and watching his daughter being born made him feel.
Russell said: “I am also looking back at my past and thinking ‘Oh my god, I have done all these things’ and looking towards my future and what I am going to be like as a parent, what I am going to be like as a father and what that means for the world that I live in and the world I want to live in.”
The funnyman decided to share these intimate stories because he wanted to be understood … and also because he is a show off.
He explained: “I really feel connected when I am showing off.
“When I am on the stage telling a story of how I felt when I was having a particular experience, if I can feel that there is a direct connection with the audience then I do not feel like I am so alone in the world.
“It makes me feel personally hopeful when people are laughing at that stuff.
“My belief is that whilst we are all different, there is something very profound that connects us.”
In the second part of the show, the comedian will talk about Donald Trump and David Cameron in the context of being a father.
Russell is also a mental health activist whose latest book Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions discusses addiction and explores an idea of personal revolution.
The comedian, who previously battled addiction, said: “I feel qualified to write a book about transitioning from a perspective of hedonistic self-worship and indulgence to a life where moment to moment, one day at a time, I try to rid myself from the illusion that I can make myself happy by consuming stuff or through the fulfilment of animal appetites in general.
“My personal belief is that there is a way back for all of us. It is possible to be happy.”
Russell is excited to be back on the road and he is looking forward to seeing a different side of the UK. The comedian would like to encourage people who are going to see his show in Aberdeen to fill in a survey on his website so that he can talk to them about their most intimate and personal details.
He added: “It shows you that behind the veneer, behind the veil, under the skin, the people of Britain are insane and interesting.”