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5th Apr '14 7:22:15 PM Tuckerscreator
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[[caption-width-right:300:Totally mental? The world may never know.]]

->''"My personality doesn't work without fame. Without fame this haircut is simply... mental illness."''

->''"Look at how sensitive and vulnerable he is — he must be gay. That means women feel safe around me, and trust me... then BAM! Pregnant! BAM! Pregnant! BAM! Pregnant."''
-->—'''Russell Brand'''

Currently one of the UK's (and to a lesser extent, America) more popular comedians, Russell Brand is known for his somewhat abstract and [[CampStraight off the wall demeanor]]. He's best known in the UK as the host of ''The Russell Brand Show''. Part of his act is [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining the joke]], which usually makes it funnier. He's also known for playing sexually open and airy rock star Aldous Snow in ''ForgettingSarahMarshall'' and its spin-off ''GetHimToTheGreek''. His most recent works involve his two title roles in the 2011 remake of ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' and as the voice of a slacker Easter Bunny in ''Film/{{Hop}}'' and also as Lonny in the film adaption of Film/{{Rock of Ages}}.

There appears to be a sharp division of opinion in Britain regarding Russell Brand. You either love or loathe him, you either regard him as a comic genius or as an untalented Lothario who got there solely because of his looks, his accent, and his bizarre behavior. It tends to boil down to two things: (a) whether you like his sort of comedy or you don't and (b) whether or not you read the tabloids.

He was forced to resign from his Radio 2 show with the BBC in 2008 after the controversy that swelled over prank calls he and Jonathan Ross made to actor Andrew Sachs. Brand has since moved on to working almost exclusively in Hollywood.

Brand has had sex with just about every woman in the UK (and beyond), including a couple of famous ones, and he loves to brag about it -- which got him into trouble more than once. He once married kitschy pop star Music/KatyPerry (although he has since filed for divorce). Russell is also [[HoYay close friends]] with NoelFielding, and the two formed "The Goth Detectives" on ''TheBigFatQuizOfTheYear''.

Currently has a weekly show in the US, FX's ''[=BrandX=] With Russell Brand'', which is now in its second season and has become a live show rather than a pretaped one.

He's the only man that Peter Andre has ever kissed.

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!! ‘Citing tropes associated with Mr. Brand:
* AllGermansAreNazis: Was accused by tabloids of making this observation in 2013 -- in fact he merely pointed out the undeniable fact that Hugo Boss, [[BitingTheHandHumor the sponsor of the event at which he was speaking]], made a tidy profit designing the uniforms for the SS (and that, to be fair, "[[PuttingOnTheReich they looked fantastic]]"). Might have got away with it if it weren't for the subsequent Basil Fawlty impression...
* AgentPeacock: Probably the most notorious RealLife example.
* BeamMeUpScotty: While he is the one most blamed for the notorious Sachsgate affair, it was actually JonathanRoss who spurred on the answerphone messages after Ross himself had flat-out commented "[Russell] shagged her". Until then Russell had only alluded to the relationship.
* BookDumb: Brand's marks in school were atrocious but after reading his book he comes off as highly intelligent. Some of his old school notes note that his teachers seem to think he's [[ObfuscatingStupidity smarter than he lets them believe.]]
* BritishRockstar: He pretty much is one, [[{{Dissimile}} except that he's a comedian]]. It made him a natural choice to play Aldous Snow.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: It might come as a surprise to find that behind all the hair and the crazy and the endless scandals, he's often rather funny.
* CampStraight: One of the banes of his life is apparently that people take all the flirting he does with men seriously (and the clothes he wears) and assume that he is gay (or at the very least, [[BiTheWay bisexual]]). Despite the fact that he is a notorious womanizer (and was married to the very female Katy Perry), he constantly has to remind the world that no, he is not gay.
* TheDandy: Ever since his post-drugs days, he has worn flamboyant shirts and tights pants and [[NiceShoes nice boots.]]
* GeniusDitz Despite his outlandish, manic, and controversial behaviour, he is a highly intelligent professionally trained actor who received multiple scholarships for the drama schools he attended. Creator/AlfredMolina, Creator/HelenMirren and Julie Taymor have all commented that he is one of the most talented people they have ever worked with.
* HiddenDepths: He has a very manic persona, but at the same time, frequently makes incredibly intelligent jokes and insightful comments. When former UK Prime Minister MargaretThatcher died, a major newspaper carried a remarkably thoughtful, critical and compassionate [[http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/apr/09/russell-brand-margaret-thatcher article]] that Brand wrote about her legacy.
** There's also [[http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution his quite insightful take on contemporary British politics in an editorial]] for the ''New Statesman'', although that might also be [[BaseBreaker as polarizing as his celebrity status is]].
* LargeHam: If he appears in a movie, [[SpotlightStealingSquad that movie now stars Russell Brand.]] Even if he's just TheCameo.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: He fell in love with Katy Perry when she threw a bottle at his head. No, really.
* OddCouple: Him and KatyPerry (though they're now divorced).
* PerkyGoth He was arguably one a few years ago, when he dressed primarily in black.
* RefugeInAudacity and CrossesTheLineTwice: Sometimes, he relies on this to ''not'' get in trouble for some of the things he says and does. Sometimes, it works, other times, [[DudeNotFunny like the time he dressed up as Osama Bin Laden on the day following 9/11]], [[RealityEnsues it gets him fired.]]
** He often refers to the 'drugbrella' (i.e. 'drug-umbrella'). When friends try to shame or embarrass him with incidents from his past (and aren't there are a lot), he will dismiss them as being when he was on hard drugs are therefore under the amnesty of the 'drugbrella'. Clearly, being on heroin does lead to diminished responsibility, but when someone poiunts out, for instance, 'you stole money you were meant to be collecting for hospital donations' and you answer with 'I was also taking illegal drugs', it does seem to be an odd way to exonerate yourself.
* SadClown: He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder while in rehab. Also, he had bulimia as a teenager, went through a phase of SelfHarm (he cut himself a lot), and numerous addictions (drugs, alcohol and sex). As he put it, "My biggest problem is that I have lived an autobiography rather than a life."
* SelfDeprecation: Has often described himself as a "PVC Willy Wonka," an "S&M Willy Wonka," or "a scarecrow who robbed a bondage shop."
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: He is famous for using very fancy language in everyday conversation.
* SexDrugsAndRockNRoll: His favorite pastimes in his younger years.
* SophisticatedAsHell : Russell has a habit of combining his Essex accent with a [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness sophisticated vocabulary]]. He notably used this in his autobiography, resulting in such gems as “I ain’t never had much fun really. I particularly dislike preordained happy occasions.”
** Brand would regularly open spinoff show ''BigBrother 's Big Mouth'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffFA1-TMCJA with an elaborate, verbose story, occasionally based on literature or factual historical events, invariably ending with him getting his nob out]].
* TakeThat: He did an extended riff on The Daily Mail, calling it "distilled evil" among other things, after they wrote a bit of gossip about him.
* TheTeetotaler: He used to be an alcoholic; now he doesn't drink at all.

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[[caption-width-right:300:Totally mental? The world may never know.]]

->''"My personality doesn't work without fame. Without fame this haircut is simply... mental illness."''

->''"Look at how sensitive and vulnerable he is — he must be gay. That means women feel safe around me, and trust me... then BAM! Pregnant! BAM! Pregnant! BAM! Pregnant."''
-->—'''Russell Brand'''

Currently one of the UK's (and to a lesser extent, America) more popular comedians, Russell Brand is known for his somewhat abstract and [[CampStraight off the wall demeanor]]. He's best known in the UK as the host of ''The Russell Brand Show''. Part of his act is [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining the joke]], which usually makes it funnier. He's also known for playing sexually open and airy rock star Aldous Snow in ''ForgettingSarahMarshall'' and its spin-off ''GetHimToTheGreek''. His most recent works involve his two title roles in the 2011 remake of ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' and as the voice of a slacker Easter Bunny in ''Film/{{Hop}}'' and also as Lonny in the film adaption of Film/{{Rock of Ages}}.

There appears to be a sharp division of opinion in Britain regarding Russell Brand. You either love or loathe him, you either regard him as a comic genius or as an untalented Lothario who got there solely because of his looks, his accent, and his bizarre behavior. It tends to boil down to two things: (a) whether you like his sort of comedy or you don't and (b) whether or not you read the tabloids.

He was forced to resign from his Radio 2 show with the BBC in 2008 after the controversy that swelled over prank calls he and Jonathan Ross made to actor Andrew Sachs. Brand has since moved on to working almost exclusively in Hollywood.

Brand has had sex with just about every woman in the UK (and beyond), including a couple of famous ones, and he loves to brag about it -- which got him into trouble more than once. He once married kitschy pop star Music/KatyPerry (although he has since filed for divorce). Russell is also [[HoYay close friends]] with NoelFielding, and the two formed "The Goth Detectives" on ''TheBigFatQuizOfTheYear''.

Currently has a weekly show in the US, FX's ''[=BrandX=] With Russell Brand'', which is now in its second season and has become a live show rather than a pretaped one.

He's the only man that Peter Andre has ever kissed.

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!! ‘Citing tropes associated with Mr. Brand:
* AllGermansAreNazis: Was accused by tabloids of making this observation in 2013 -- in fact he merely pointed out the undeniable fact that Hugo Boss, [[BitingTheHandHumor the sponsor of the event at which he was speaking]], made a tidy profit designing the uniforms for the SS (and that, to be fair, "[[PuttingOnTheReich they looked fantastic]]"). Might have got away with it if it weren't for the subsequent Basil Fawlty impression...
* AgentPeacock: Probably the most notorious RealLife example.
* BeamMeUpScotty: While he is the one most blamed for the notorious Sachsgate affair, it was actually JonathanRoss who spurred on the answerphone messages after Ross himself had flat-out commented "[Russell] shagged her". Until then Russell had only alluded to the relationship.
* BookDumb: Brand's marks in school were atrocious but after reading his book he comes off as highly intelligent. Some of his old school notes note that his teachers seem to think he's [[ObfuscatingStupidity smarter than he lets them believe.]]
* BritishRockstar: He pretty much is one, [[{{Dissimile}} except that he's a comedian]]. It made him a natural choice to play Aldous Snow.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: It might come as a surprise to find that behind all the hair and the crazy and the endless scandals, he's often rather funny.
* CampStraight: One of the banes of his life is apparently that people take all the flirting he does with men seriously (and the clothes he wears) and assume that he is gay (or at the very least, [[BiTheWay bisexual]]). Despite the fact that he is a notorious womanizer (and was married to the very female Katy Perry), he constantly has to remind the world that no, he is not gay.
* TheDandy: Ever since his post-drugs days, he has worn flamboyant shirts and tights pants and [[NiceShoes nice boots.]]
* GeniusDitz Despite his outlandish, manic, and controversial behaviour, he is a highly intelligent professionally trained actor who received multiple scholarships for the drama schools he attended. Creator/AlfredMolina, Creator/HelenMirren and Julie Taymor have all commented that he is one of the most talented people they have ever worked with.
* HiddenDepths: He has a very manic persona, but at the same time, frequently makes incredibly intelligent jokes and insightful comments. When former UK Prime Minister MargaretThatcher died, a major newspaper carried a remarkably thoughtful, critical and compassionate [[http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/apr/09/russell-brand-margaret-thatcher article]] that Brand wrote about her legacy.
** There's also [[http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution his quite insightful take on contemporary British politics in an editorial]] for the ''New Statesman'', although that might also be [[BaseBreaker as polarizing as his celebrity status is]].
* LargeHam: If he appears in a movie, [[SpotlightStealingSquad that movie now stars Russell Brand.]] Even if he's just TheCameo.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: He fell in love with Katy Perry when she threw a bottle at his head. No, really.
* OddCouple: Him and KatyPerry (though they're now divorced).
* PerkyGoth He was arguably one a few years ago, when he dressed primarily in black.
* RefugeInAudacity and CrossesTheLineTwice: Sometimes, he relies on this to ''not'' get in trouble for some of the things he says and does. Sometimes, it works, other times, [[DudeNotFunny like the time he dressed up as Osama Bin Laden on the day following 9/11]], [[RealityEnsues it gets him fired.]]
** He often refers to the 'drugbrella' (i.e. 'drug-umbrella'). When friends try to shame or embarrass him with incidents from his past (and aren't there are a lot), he will dismiss them as being when he was on hard drugs are therefore under the amnesty of the 'drugbrella'. Clearly, being on heroin does lead to diminished responsibility, but when someone poiunts out, for instance, 'you stole money you were meant to be collecting for hospital donations' and you answer with 'I was also taking illegal drugs', it does seem to be an odd way to exonerate yourself.
* SadClown: He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder while in rehab. Also, he had bulimia as a teenager, went through a phase of SelfHarm (he cut himself a lot), and numerous addictions (drugs, alcohol and sex). As he put it, "My biggest problem is that I have lived an autobiography rather than a life."
* SelfDeprecation: Has often described himself as a "PVC Willy Wonka," an "S&M Willy Wonka," or "a scarecrow who robbed a bondage shop."
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: He is famous for using very fancy language in everyday conversation.
* SexDrugsAndRockNRoll: His favorite pastimes in his younger years.
* SophisticatedAsHell : Russell has a habit of combining his Essex accent with a [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness sophisticated vocabulary]]. He notably used this in his autobiography, resulting in such gems as “I ain’t never had much fun really. I particularly dislike preordained happy occasions.”
** Brand would regularly open spinoff show ''BigBrother 's Big Mouth'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffFA1-TMCJA with an elaborate, verbose story, occasionally based on literature or factual historical events, invariably ending with him getting his nob out]].
* TakeThat: He did an extended riff on The Daily Mail, calling it "distilled evil" among other things, after they wrote a bit of gossip about him.
* TheTeetotaler: He used to be an alcoholic; now he doesn't drink at all.
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5th Apr '14 9:01:29 AM 65ef18d4eb
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Currently one of the UK's (and to a lesser extent, America) more popular comedians, Russell Brand is known for his somewhat abstract and [[CampStraight off the wall demeanor]]. He's best known in the UK as the host of ''The Russell Brand Show''. Part of his act is [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining the joke]], which usually makes it funnier. He's also known for playing sexually open and airy rock star Aldous Snow in ''ForgettingSarahMarshall'' and its spin-off ''GetHimToTheGreek''. His most recent works involve his two title roles in the 2011 remake of ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' and as the voice of a slacker Easter Bunny in ''Film/{{Hop}}'' and also as Lonny in the film adaption of "Film/{{Rock of Ages}}".

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Currently one of the UK's (and to a lesser extent, America) more popular comedians, Russell Brand is known for his somewhat abstract and [[CampStraight off the wall demeanor]]. He's best known in the UK as the host of ''The Russell Brand Show''. Part of his act is [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining the joke]], which usually makes it funnier. He's also known for playing sexually open and airy rock star Aldous Snow in ''ForgettingSarahMarshall'' and its spin-off ''GetHimToTheGreek''. His most recent works involve his two title roles in the 2011 remake of ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' and as the voice of a slacker Easter Bunny in ''Film/{{Hop}}'' and also as Lonny in the film adaption of "Film/{{Rock Film/{{Rock of Ages}}".
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5th Apr '14 8:06:47 AM 65ef18d4eb
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Currently one of the UK's (and to a lesser extent, America) more popular comedians, Russell Brand is known for his somewhat abstract and [[CampStraight off the wall demeanor]]. He's best known in the UK as the host of ''The Russell Brand Show''. Part of his act is [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining the joke]], which usually makes it funnier. He's also known for playing sexually open and airy rock star Aldous Snow in ''ForgettingSarahMarshall'' and its spin-off ''GetHimToTheGreek''. His most recent works involve his two title roles in the 2011 remake of ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' and as the voice of a slacker Easter Bunny in ''Film/{{Hop}}''.

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Currently one of the UK's (and to a lesser extent, America) more popular comedians, Russell Brand is known for his somewhat abstract and [[CampStraight off the wall demeanor]]. He's best known in the UK as the host of ''The Russell Brand Show''. Part of his act is [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining the joke]], which usually makes it funnier. He's also known for playing sexually open and airy rock star Aldous Snow in ''ForgettingSarahMarshall'' and its spin-off ''GetHimToTheGreek''. His most recent works involve his two title roles in the 2011 remake of ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' and as the voice of a slacker Easter Bunny in ''Film/{{Hop}}''.
''Film/{{Hop}}'' and also as Lonny in the film adaption of "Film/{{Rock of Ages}}".
4th Jan '14 2:36:56 PM Prfnoff
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Currently one of the UK's (and to a lesser extent, America) more popular comedians, Russell Brand is known for his somewhat abstract and [[CampStraight off the wall demeanor]]. He's best known in the UK as the host of ''The Russell Brand Show''. Part of his act is [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining the joke]], which usually makes it funnier. He's also known for playing sexually open and airy rock star Aldous Snow in ''ForgettingSarahMarshall'' and its spin-off ''GetHimToTheGreek''. His most recent works involve his two title roles in the remake of the classic DudleyMoore film ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' and as the voice of a slacker Easter Bunny in ''Film/{{Hop}}''.

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Currently one of the UK's (and to a lesser extent, America) more popular comedians, Russell Brand is known for his somewhat abstract and [[CampStraight off the wall demeanor]]. He's best known in the UK as the host of ''The Russell Brand Show''. Part of his act is [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining the joke]], which usually makes it funnier. He's also known for playing sexually open and airy rock star Aldous Snow in ''ForgettingSarahMarshall'' and its spin-off ''GetHimToTheGreek''. His most recent works involve his two title roles in the 2011 remake of the classic DudleyMoore film ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' and as the voice of a slacker Easter Bunny in ''Film/{{Hop}}''.
14th Dec '13 2:23:16 AM Kyrillion
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** He often refers to the 'drugbrella' (i.e. 'drug-umbrella'). When friends try to shame or embarrass him with incidents from his past (and aren't there are a lot), he will dismiss them as being when he was on hard drugs are therefore under the amnesty of the 'drugbrella'. Clearly, being on heroin does lead to diminished responsibility, but when someone poiunts out, for instance, 'you stole money you were meant to be collecting for hospital donations' and you answer with 'I was also taking illegal drugs', it does seem to be an odd way to exonerate yourself.
5th Dec '13 12:45:39 PM mlsmithca
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** There's also [[http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution his quite insightful take on contemporary British politics in an editorial]] for the ''New Statesman'', [[YourMileageMayVary although that might also be]] [[BaseBreaker as polarizing as his celebrity status is]].

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** There's also [[http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution his quite insightful take on contemporary British politics in an editorial]] for the ''New Statesman'', [[YourMileageMayVary although that might also be]] be [[BaseBreaker as polarizing as his celebrity status is]].
5th Dec '13 10:50:21 AM Sagetsu
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** There's also his quite insightful take on contemporary British politics [[http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution in an editorial for the ''New Statesman'']], [[YourMileageMayVary although that might also be]] [[BaseBreaker as polarizing as his celebrity status is]].
* HiddenDepths: He has a very manic persona, but at the same time, frequently makes incredibly intelligent jokes and insightful comments. When former UK Prime Minister MargaretThatcher died, a major newspaper carried a remarkably thoughtful, critical and compassionate [[http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/apr/09/russell-brand-margaret-thatcher article]] that Brand wrote about her legacy.

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** There's also his quite insightful take on contemporary British politics [[http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution in an editorial for the ''New Statesman'']], [[YourMileageMayVary although that might also be]] [[BaseBreaker as polarizing as his celebrity status is]].
* HiddenDepths: He has a very manic persona, but at the same time, frequently makes incredibly intelligent jokes and insightful comments. When former UK Prime Minister MargaretThatcher died, a major newspaper carried a remarkably thoughtful, critical and compassionate [[http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/apr/09/russell-brand-margaret-thatcher article]] that Brand wrote about her legacy. legacy.
** There's also [[http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution his quite insightful take on contemporary British politics in an editorial]] for the ''New Statesman'', [[YourMileageMayVary although that might also be]] [[BaseBreaker as polarizing as his celebrity status is]].
5th Dec '13 10:47:58 AM Sagetsu
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Added DiffLines:

** There's also his quite insightful take on contemporary British politics [[http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution in an editorial for the ''New Statesman'']], [[YourMileageMayVary although that might also be]] [[BaseBreaker as polarizing as his celebrity status is]].
14th Sep '13 5:39:28 PM 04tele
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* HiddenDepths: He has a very manic persona, but at the same time, frequently makes incredibly intelligent jokes and insightful comments.

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* HiddenDepths: He has a very manic persona, but at the same time, frequently makes incredibly intelligent jokes and insightful comments. When former UK Prime Minister MargaretThatcher died, a major newspaper carried a remarkably thoughtful, critical and compassionate [[http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/apr/09/russell-brand-margaret-thatcher article]] that Brand wrote about her legacy.
9th Sep '13 8:21:11 PM johnnye
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* AllGermansAreNazis: Was accused by tabloids of making this observation in 2013 -- in fact he merely pointed out the undeniable fact that Hugo Boss, [[BitingTheHandHumor the sponsor of the event at which he was speaking]], did in fact make a tidy profit making the uniforms for the SS (and that, to be fair, "[[PuttingOnTheReich they looked fantastic]]"). Might have got away with it if it weren't for the subsequent Basil Fawlty impression...

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* AllGermansAreNazis: Was accused by tabloids of making this observation in 2013 -- in fact he merely pointed out the undeniable fact that Hugo Boss, [[BitingTheHandHumor the sponsor of the event at which he was speaking]], did in fact make made a tidy profit making designing the uniforms for the SS (and that, to be fair, "[[PuttingOnTheReich they looked fantastic]]"). Might have got away with it if it weren't for the subsequent Basil Fawlty impression...
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