Top 10 Actors Who Started In Stand-Up

Russell Brand


Although achieving worldwide notoriety from recent escapades including but not limited to his two year tenure as the host of the VMA awards, Russell has been a permanent fixture on the British comedy circuit for around a decade now. From humble beginnings in a working class Essex town, the long haired lothario attended the famous ‘Italia Conti’ drama school in London, before branching out into the sordid world of stand-up comedy. He endured several years of obscurity on the circuit, before undergoing treatment for his drug + alcohol problems, soon becoming a star of British TV- and releasing one or two live DVD’s in the process. Of course, it wasn’t long before transatlantic stardom came-a-knocking in the form of his part in 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall.