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Palgrave Studies in Comedy

Russell Brand: Comedy, Celebrity, Politics

Authors: Arthurs, Jane, Little, Ben

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  • First scholarly book on Russell Brand 
  • Explores Brand's relationship to  activist communities 
  • Considers the potential and problems of Russell Brand’s left-wing/activist celebrity capital in a ‘post-political’ age 
  • Shows how Brand orchestrates his campaign across different media platforms, using the power of his celebrity brand and his skills as a comedian and entertainer to engage a wider audience 
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Russell Brand is one of the most high profile and controversial celebrities of our time. A divisive figure, his ability to bounce back from adversity is remarkable. This book traces his various career stages through which he has done this, moving from comedy, to TV presenting; from radio to Hollywood films. It identifies how this eclectic career in entertainment both helped and hindered his high-profile move into political activism. Underpinning the book are interviews with leading activists and politicians, and sophisticated readings of Brand's performances, writing and on-screen work. There are sections on the Sachsgate scandal, his Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman, and his 2015 election intervention for aspiring Prime Minister Ed Miliband. It builds on scholarly work in the area of celebrity politics to develop an original analytic approach that blends the field theory of Pierre Bourdieu with the assemblage theory of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. 

About the authors

Jane Arthurs is Professor of Television at Middlesex University. She has published widely on film and television and feminist cultural studies. Her book Television and Sexuality on how the cultural politics of taste affects production, regulation and consumption, includes her well known essay on ‘Sex and the City and Consumer Culture’. 

Ben Little is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Politics at the University of East Anglia. He co-edits Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture and is series editor for the Radical Future ebook series. 

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-26

    Arthurs, Jane (et al.)

  • Stand-up Comedy

    Pages 27-54

    Arthurs, Jane (et al.)

  • Hybrid Media Celebrity

    Pages 55-82

    Arthurs, Jane (et al.)

  • From Celebrity Apparatus to Political Assemblage

    Pages 83-114

    Arthurs, Jane (et al.)

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eBook $19.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59628-4
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Softcover $27.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Russell Brand: Comedy, Celebrity, Politics
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comedy
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59628-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59628-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95552-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 141
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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