EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Russell Brand and Billy Connolly Talk 'What About Dick?'

Thursday, 08 November 2012 11:56
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Available for digital download on November 13th is What About Dick?, an "emotion picture" (for Radio) written and directed by Monty Python's Eric Idle. Filmed live on stage at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, the production features an all-star cast of British comedians and actors including Idle, Russell Brand (Rock of Ages), Billy Connolly (Brave), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Eddie Izzard (Cars 2), Jane Leeves (TV's Hot in Cleveland), Jim Piddock (The Five-Year Engagement), Tracey Ullman (Corpse Bride), and Sophie Winkleman (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Witch, the Lion and the Wardrobe). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with comedians Russell Brand and Billy Connolly to talk about their work on What About Dick? The two hilarious performers discussed their new project, how Connolly got involved and what enticed Brand to join, performing in a radio stage play, Connolly's favorite radio show from his childhood, improvisation, working with director Eric Idle, why the project is obviously Python-esque, the helpful direction that Idle gave to Brand, why he does not really like being an actor, meeting the rest of the cast, Connolly's admiration for Brand, false rumors regarding their behind-the-scenes behavior, what it was like for Brand to work with his comedy heroes, why Connolly does not require rehearsal, Brand's lovely legs, masterbaiting to Eddie Izzard, being breastfed by Tracy Ullman, the project's musical component, and why Brand is often expected to have more musical ability than he really has.

To watch our exclusive interview with Russell Brand and Billy Connolly about What About Dick?, please click on the video player above. 


What About Dick? begins with the birth of a sex toy invented in Shagistan in 1898, and tells the story of the decline of the British Empire as seen through the eyes of a piano, as well as the story of young Dick (Brand), his two cousins (Leeves and Winkleman), and their dipsomaniac Aunt Maggie (Ullman), who all live together in Kensington. 

What About Dick? will be available for digital download beginning November 13th. 

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