Russell Brand to Headline India's Comedy Central Chuckle Festival

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The British comic previously visited India in 2010 when he tied the knot with Katy Perry.

Russell Brand will be performing in India at the second edition of the Comedy Central Chuckle Festival in June. The event is organized by Comedy Central India, part of Viacom18 Networks.

A Viacom18 spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Brand will be performing in all three of the cities where the festival will be held. The fest kicks off on June 26 in the capital New Delhi, followed by Bangalore on June 27 before culminating in Mumbai on June 28. Tickets are expected to go on sale shortly.
 
The festival was launched in 2013 and featured American comedians Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias, Eddie Ifft and Paul Varghese. Well-known Indian comic Tanmay Bhatt featured as the opening act. Bhatt is part of edgy Mumbai-based comedy collective All India Bakchod (AIB), which ran into controversy in February for its first attempt at a Bollywood version of a Hollywood-style celebrity roast.

The online show, AIB Knockout, roasted actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, but had to be pulled from YouTube within days following a public outcry over its perceived indecency and an order for a government probe, which is ongoing.



For the 2015 event, Brand will be the only international artist and the headlining act. “We are in the process of confirming an Indian artist to open the show,” added the spokesperson.

Brand will be visiting India again after his highly publicized 2010 Indian-themed wedding with Katy Perry, which took place at a luxury resort in Rajasthan. The marriage was short-lived, with the couple finalizing their divorce in 2012.

In March, what would have been Jerry Seinfeld's first India performance was canceled at the last minute due to “logistical issues related to traffic and parking” at a Mumbai venue. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning stand-up comedian had been scheduled to perform on March 14 and March 15 at the Stage42 cultural festival.

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