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British comic Russell Brand coming to Sands Bethlehem

June 11, 2013

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June 11--British comedian and actor Russell Brand, best known for his eccentricity and for controversies, will perform at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, the venue announced Monday.

Also coming is a stage-show production of the popular TV game show "Family Feud."

Brand was fired by MTV after he dressed as Osama bin Laden, and his drug use, alcoholism and promiscuity are topics of his comedic material. He brings his stand-up comedy tour to the center at 8 p.m. Sept. 14.

Tickets, at $45 to $69.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at http://www.sandseventcenter.com, the event center box office, http://www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or at 800-745-3000.

Brand may be best known for his brief marriage to singer Katy Perry, which ended in 2012, and for starring in the 2011 remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore comedy "Arthur" about a drunken musician. He also played a drug-addled musician in the 2010 comedy movie "Get Him to the Greek."

His first major role in the United States was in the 2008 movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

He also has appeared in his own Comedy Central television special and was a reporter for MTV until he was fired for dressing as bin Laden after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He later was host of the MTV Video Music Awards in 2008, but again caused controversy by saying President Bush was mentally challenged.

His current tour, "The Messiah Complex," according to a news release, will "be a dissection of various social and religious figures and the reality of their lives through comparisons of each other."

"Messiah Complex is a mental disorder where you think you might be the messiah," the release says.

Brand has written two books, "My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-Up," which was on The New York Times best-seller list for five weeks, and "Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal."

"Family Feud" tickets, at $34.50, also go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

"Family Feud" for more than 35 years on TV has pitted family against family in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey question posed to 100 people. It will stop at the event center at 7 p.m. Aug. 2, and then for two shows a day, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., on Aug. 3 and 4.

For "Family Feud," chosen audience participants will be grouped into new stage show "families" to compete for cash and prizes of up to $10,000, based on game play taken from the TV show.

Also, audience members will have a chance to win from their seats in "Survey Says," in which everyone will receive a game card to win prizes throughout the show, or win an opportunity to compete in the "Fast Money" and "Super Fast Money" challenges.

Since its premiere in 1976, "Family Feud" has aired during 30 non-consecutive seasons. The show premiered on ABC with host Richard Dawson, and since has been revived on CBS and in syndication with hosts Ray Combs, Dawson again, Louie Anderson, Richard Karn and John O'Hurley.

Since 2010-11, the host has been comedian/actor Steve Harvey. The show has risen to the fifth-highest-rated show in syndication and the second-highest-rated show in daytime TV programming.

The event center hosted a sold-out stage production of game show "The Price is Right" in October.

john.moser@mcall.com

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