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Russell Brand Draws Mixed Reactions From 'Saturday Night Live' Debut

The British comedic actor earns laughs and critical barbs during his hosting duties.

Another American domino has fallen for Russell Brand.

Saturday night, the English comedic actor appeared on Saturday Night Live in his first-ever hosting gig for the venerable comedic television institution. In his opening monologue, the funnyman better known as Mr. Katy Perry to some in U.S. rather than for his own stand-up material or acting roles, riffed on the nature of fame in the U.S.  

"Fame really looses its edge if you have to tell people you have it," he said, referencing his notoriety in the U.K. versus his relative unknown status in America.

Critical reaction was mixed for the show. Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker said of one sketch, "Brand managed an American accent to deliver dialogue that would have required a private detective to locate any punchlines."  He called Brand's opening of the show "high-energy" but "low-amusement."

Curiously, his own wife didn't say much on Twitter after his set aired. Perry only gushed before Brand appeared live Saturday on the show, saying, "If you're looking to LAUGH tonight check out my highlarious hubby @rustyrockets HOSTING SNL TONIGHT!!!"  

But Brand, who recently played a series of well-received surprise shows in small venues in Los Angeles, finished the night off in good cheer.

“I bled for you,” the star of the upcoming movie Arthur said as the show drew to a close.