Russell Brand now tops the UK book charts with his Booky Wook – beating Nigella Express and Hamster Hammond by a hefty margin this week.
On Wednesday he pays homage to Jack Kerouac on BBC4’s Russell Brand On The Road. On 21st December the new St Trinians movie is out – and he’s in that too (with Stephen Fry, Rupert Everett, Lily Cole (!) and Girls Aloud (!!!!!)).
Big Brother was only watchable during Big Brother’s Big Mouth when Brand hosted it. His articles in the Guardian are never less than articulate. And his appearances on chat shows and panel game shows (such as I’ve seen) have been memorable. Then we have his 6Music and Radio 2 DJ tenures...
Yet there seems to be, for some, a niggling feeling, something akin to guilty pleasure, about liking him.
Is Russell Brand a good or a bad thing - an irritatant or a genius?