The Awakening Of Russell Brand

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“If you have a spiritual life, it is for you. It is not something you should inflict on other people.

Russell Brand


Every podcaster has their dream list — guests they fantasize interviewing. From day one, today’s guest has occupied my top slot.

Officially, Russell Brand is one of the most recognizable and best-loved comedy performers in the world. He is also is also a phenomenally successful author, broadcaster, actor, columnist, political commentator and mental health & drug rehabilitation activist. His global bestselling books include Revolution*, Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions*, and his latest release, Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped*. Now a devoted dad and husband, when he isn’t touring or performing he can be found hosting Under The Skin on Luminary, one of my very favorite podcasts.

Unofficially, Russell is iconic for his very public awakening. A recovering heroin addict, his struggles with drugs, sex, fame, money and power were custom tailored for tabloid fodder. And his satirical but always probing takes on politics, celebrity culture and religion often find him in the crosshairs of controversy.

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I think of Russell as a hyper-intelligent master of modern discourse and disputation. Perpetually armed with a most delicious turn-of-phrase, he is a philosopher of the extreme. A man who has voyaged to the brink of overindulgence, he has returned to share the unique personal wisdom gleaned from such surfeit with razor-sharp musings on the broader humanity we collectively share — and have a laugh along the path.

With a sui generis brew of eccentric wit, subversive candor and extreme charm, Russell grapples fearlessly and out loud with that which lays beneath the surface. With the ideas that define our time. Of the history we are told. And the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality.

What is truly real? How can we craft a more fair and just society for all? How can we live a more intentional life of meaning? What does it mean be a spiritual being in a human existence?

Today we voyage beyond the walls of our constructed material world. We dive into The Matrix. And to coin Russell’s phrase, lick the walls of the hologram.

I’m absolutely delighted by this magical, modern-day mystic.

Once a dream, this conversation is now a tangible reality. Or is it?

Either way, I sincerely hope you relish the conversation as much as I adored having it.

The visually inclined can watch our entire conversation on YouTube here: bit.ly/russellbrand448 (please subscribe!) and the podcast is of course available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Peace + Plants,

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Photos courtesy of Matt Crocket. Photos of Russell with Rich courtesy of Ali Rogers.

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SHOW NOTES

Check out Russell’s latest book: Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped*

Background, Context & Reference:

Books By Russell Brand: 

Notable People Discussed:

  • Stephen & David Flynn (a.k.a. The Happy Pear): authors, entrepreneurs, wellness activists and multiple podcast guests
  • Kip Andersen: filmaker; Cowspiracy and What The Health co-director and 2x podcast guest
  • David Lynch: filmmaker, painter, musician, actor, photographer and David Lynch Foundation founder
  • William Griffith Wilson: also known as Bill Wilson or Bill W., was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Mātā Amritānandamayī Devī: better known simply as Amma (“Mother”), is a Hindu spiritual leader and guru who is revered as a saint by her followers
  • Paramahansa Yogananda: was an Indian yogi and guru, author of Autobiography of a Yogi*  which is on the list of the “100 best spiritual books of the 20th Century”
  • Srila Prabhupada: was a Vedic spiritual teacher (guru) and the founder preceptor (Acharya) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. (ISKCON), commonly known as the “Hare Krishna Movement”
  • Eckhart Tolle: author, spiritual teacher and public speaker
  • Joseph Campbell: was an American Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience
  • Terence McKenna: was an American ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and an advocate for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants
  • Professor Brian Cox: English physicist / TV Host who serves as professor of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester
  • Joe Rogan: host of the JRE Podcast, stand-up comedian and retired martial artist
  • Tony Robbins: motivational speaker, personal finance instructor and self-help author
  • Bikram Choudhury: yoga teacher and the founder of Bikram Yoga, a form of hot. After several lawsuits were filed against him alleging sexual assault and various forms of discrimination against racial and sexual minorities, courts in 2017 awarded ownership of Bikram Yoga to former employee Minakshi ‘Micki’ Jafa-Bodden after Choudhury fled from the United States to India

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering, interstitial music and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics. Theme music by Ana Leimma.

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