Russell Brand, the bad boy of UK comedy, was the eye of a Sydney storm last night, mobbed by fans and paparazzi (and bombarded by indecent proposals), at the Time Out after-party following his sell-out stand-up show at the Hordern Pavilion.
Brand is the hottest comedian in the world and also its biggest controversy magnet. His sensational confessions to Time Out in March's issue included addictions to sex and drugs, regular smuggling of narcotics on international flights, multiple arrests for nudity and shoplifting and introducing Kylie Minogue to his drug dealer while high on crack and dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after 9/11.
But last night the self-confessed "he-witch scarecrow with a terrific haircut who's been given a Wonka ticket to a sex factory" sipped mineral water while signing autographs and posing for photos with 1200 of Sydney's glitterati at ivy's Pool Club.
"I can't believe how brilliant this is," he said, clad in trademark all-black attire and bejeweled with silver studs, as he looked out over the revelers frolicking in the pool. "I've had an amazing time in Sydney so far and I'll be back, probably next year."
Brand's Hordern Pavilion gig was a sell-out with 4000 fans in attendance. Likewise the after-party where hundreds queued into George Street for admittance into what Sydney socialites have already acclaimed as "the party of 2009 so far".
Also spotted poolside, reveling with Absolut and Budweiser in hand, were Oprah's favourite chef Curtis Stone, members of The Chaser and MTV's femme fatale VJ Ruby Rose, cover-star of the Sex issue of Time Out released yesterday.
Brand, who personally invited 80 people to the party, left ivy at 2.30am to party with Kings of Leon at the Park Hyatt, with seven foxy new friends in tow. "I must go now and be loose in Sydney," Brand quipped. "I love this place and plan to demonstrate that with a horizontal dance in quirky, public solitude. Byee!"
Brand bid Time Out adieu this morning. "This is my last day in Sydney - I'm off back to Melbourne where I plan to run for Mayor," he said. "Then we'll run it like a more chipper Jonestown!"
All photographs from this party are on our FACEBOOK page.
The party was also mentioned in Pedestrian, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail in London, The Sun Herald and mUmbrella.
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