Russell Brand is re-born as daughter arrives

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One of the most controversial comedians to grace the circuit comes has mellowed - sort of...well, he has had an epiphany anyway.

But becoming a father and settling down has given Russell Brand a whole new world of material and he is bringing it to Leeds Town Hall next month for a two night stint.

Russell Brand makes a speech as he arrives to open the Trew Era cafe, a social enterprise community project on the New Era estate, in Hoxton, east London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 26, 2015. The comedian will be donating 100% of his money from his book 'Revolution' to The Trew Era Cafe. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Russell Brand makes a speech as he arrives to open the Trew Era cafe, a social enterprise community project on the New Era estate, in Hoxton, east London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 26, 2015. The comedian will be donating 100% of his money from his book 'Revolution' to The Trew Era Cafe. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

But it is not all nappies and baby names. The show called ‘Re-birth’ looks at his past womanising, some of his past antics which landed him in trouble with TV bosses and his stint into the world of politics.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The tour is called Re:Birth because it is about how I’ve been personally reborn as a result of the birth of my daughter.

“It’s the equivalent of when you turn off your computer by pulling the plug out instead of shutting it down the proper way – it’s like you’ve turned it off by tipping water on it.

“My whole head feels different and unusual – it has inspired loads of different thoughts.”

By that he means while he retains the same political views, fatherhood has made him look at that world differently and also to reflect on his hedonistic party lifestyle.

He says: “It’s like an epiphany. It’s a massive change – a massive change in the way that I see sex, the world, women, politics, myself, everything.

“Once you experience a change in the way that you look at yourself then the way that you see everything is going to change.”

And while Brand wondered whether this would be enough to take on stage compared to previous shows he was re-assured by a fellow stand up favourite that the difference in his life would be enough to intrigue fans new and old.

He added: “Earlier shows have been about me living in this mad, glittery world. But very early on in the process of writing Jimmy Carr said ‘this is going to be a show about a mad person now having to live a normal life, it’s going to be amazing to hear you talk about normal experiences’.

“I really wanted to talk about politics, The Trews and all that but now I am living in a normal monogamous relationship with a woman, with a child, with two cats and a dog.”

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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