Better a year late than never. This after Russell Brand was previously meant to perform in 2014, but due to Visa complications was turned back and forced to reschedule his shows to 2015.
Finally, South Africa’s time had come for the Trew World Order Tour – the Cape Town show took place at Grand Arena this past weekend.
What do you expect with Russell Brand? Quite simply…the unexpected, and with that, his opening act was a poet by the name of Mr Gee.
Mr Gee, made a few jokes to get us in the mood for comedy, but the actual poems were not funny, they were beautiful and meaningful and started confusing the mood. Was I feeling humorous or sentimental? I couldn’t decide and was hoping Russell would clear that up.
After a slight delay, Russell Brand casually ran up on stage and the crowd cheered. He apologised for the wait and chatted to us as if he were late for an intimate dinner party.
Ready to kick-off the laugher, he started off by saying how happy he was to be out of Johannesburg, and talking to a Cape Town crowd, we cheered even louder (sorry JHB).
Although the laughter continued, there was still a hint of confusion based on his delivery. Eventually there was more laughter than confusion and the crowd hung onto his every word. You see, Russell Brand is one of few comedians that uses his act to educate whilst entertaining. He crucified the media and big-time palyers such as Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch for their unintelligible hatred – Brand has clearly positioned himself on the side of the underdog.
He demonstrated the slyness of the media by reading us a few actual headlines and explaining how they were taken completely out of context.
This is highly unusual for a celebrity of his standing. He pointed out that because of it, he has become one of HOLLYWOOD’S MOST HATED. Since he started talking out against Rupert and the likes, Brand has struggled to find work and has been making his money by touring his comedy show across the world. Strangely honest!
Despite these hard hitting facts, he had the crowd in fits of laughter, me included – my stomach actually hurt. The laughter, however, did not leave everyone inert, numerous women (shout out to Sharon!) got up from their seats and ran to him, mid-show and even mid-joke! Some of them held him tightly and would not let go, others wanted selfies, and one woman ran up to give him a letter. At no point did he call security.
His English accent, skinny jeans, and glorious hair held the attention of every woman in the room (and I am sure a few men as well!).
He took the time to have brief meetings and a few words with almost everyone in the crowd. At one point he got hold of my cellphone and and took a few selfies, of which, I am not even in (MY HEIGHT FAILS ME YET AGAIN).
Overall, the 3000 people left Grand Arena high on laughter combined with new insight (hopefully) about how the world is run.
Ladies and gentlemen… I would recommend you join the TREW WORLD ORDER!