DC Double-Booked: Dane Cook and Russell Brand On One Night

Two equally outrageous comics perform in different venues on the same night. Here’s how to tell them apart.
DC Double-Booked: Dane Cook and Russell Brand On One Night
Photograph of Brand courtesy of Warner Theatre. Photograph of Cook by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

Russell Brand

Age: 38.

Nationality: British.

In a nutshell: Profound but self-destructive loudmouth.

Love life: Was married to Katy Perry.

Movies: Forgetting Sarah Marshall; Get Him to the Greek; Arthur.

Brand on Brand: “If you strip away self-effacement, charm, and the spirit of mischief—qualities that make determination and ambition tolerable—you’re left with a right arsehole.”

Others on Brand: “[He] is blessed with the accent of an orphan, the mind of a teenage boy and the vocabulary of an Oxford don” (Time). “Everything he says is controversial” (the Guardian).

Standup sound bite: “If teenyboppers were exposed to heroin . . . perhaps we would be spared their awful music.”

Questionable moves: Dressed up as Osama bin Laden the day after 9/11. Once called then-President George W. Bush a “retarded cowboy fella.” Reportedly told Katy Perry he wanted a divorce via text message.

Twitter followers: More than 6.5 million.

Tweets about: Politics; stories he contributes to the Guardian; national security; how governments could tackle drug addiction.

Brand is at the Warner Theatre September 12; tickets ($35 to $45) at 800-745-3000 or livenation.com.

Dane Cook

Age: 41.

Nationality: American.

In a Nutshell: Obnoxious frat boy.

Love life: Has reportedly dated Jessica Simpson and Julianne Hough.

Movies: Employee of the Month; Good Luck Chuck; Dan in Real Life.

Cook on Cook: “I’m pretty low-key when I’m not onstage. . . . People created an identity to fortify their belief that I’m not funny.”

Others on Cook: “A narcissist who has lost all touch with humility and quite possibly humanity” (the A.V. Club). “The world’s worst successful comedian” (the Atlantic Wire).

Standup sound bite: “When you see someone walking down the street in a Superman T-shirt, you just want to shoot them in the chest and, when they start to bleed, go, ‘I guess not!’ ”

Questionable moves: Refused to let his performance at a fundraiser for Boston Marathon bombing victims be live-streamed with the rest of the show. Was forced to apologize for what he dubbed a “bad judgment call” after joking about the 2012 shootings in Aurora, Colorado.

Twitter followers: More than 3 million.

Tweets about: Himself; where to buy tickets to his upcoming tour; his one-night stands.

Cook is at DAR Constitution Hall September 12; tickets ($39.50 to $55) at 202-397-7328 or ticketmaster.com.

This article appears in the September 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.

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