28/05/2012 16:11 BST

Russell Brand On His New TV Show: 'I'm Not Doing This For The Money'

Russell Brand - movie star, provocateur, former addict, ex-pop-star husband and MTV awards show lightning rod - is seeking a higher purpose. He wants to be a consciousness-raiser.

The British comedian best known in America for his splashy portrayals of outrageous party animal / rocker Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, is launching FX's first late-night series, Brand X With Russell Brand, designed as a showcase for Brand's off-kilter observations about politics and celebrity culture as he interacts with a live audience inside an intimate venue.