Russell Brand's Virtual Replica

Russell Brand requested a favour from his fans on September 12, four days ahead of his scheduled sold-out show at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. 

 He wrote to ticket buyers, "I've always struggled with authority and being told what to do," and included a questionnaire for a planned audience participation exercise. 

 "Even if a doctor offers me a seat or something small, I will consciously decline rather than comply. 

Tell me how you feel about authority; do you usually submit to it or do you prefer to challenge it?

At the time, Brand's over 20-year quest for long-lasting recognition was moving quickly in two directions. 

His selectively confessional accounts of heroin addiction and promiscuity made him an avatar of a very mid-aughts sort of fame in mainstream entertainment circles both at home and abroad.

He was the British comedian who played a rocker version of himself in the 2008 film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and who would later marry Katy Perry (though their marriage was short-lived). 

However, Brand had begun to resemble something more like a political sage for those who were partial to his midlife canon.