Always best to get someone a little outrageous to host a party as unpredictable as MTV’s annual VMAs show. Russell Brand is a little outrageous. In fact, he’s a lot outrageous. The British actor-comedian likes to indulge his impulsive side; the last several years have found him earning a rep as a carousing stud, a crazed drug abuser, and a rabid football fan. No wonder the Brit tabs flock to him. Happily, only the outrageous side remains these days (though the stud thing may linger a bit). Without question, that’s the part we’re likely to see when he hosts this year’s VMAs show on MTV (September 7).
If you want to know more about the guy, like why one paper called him “Shagger Of the Year” and why he did battle with Sir Bob Geldof, take a stroll through our 20 Things You Should Know About Russell Brand feature.