Russell Brand Denied Access Into Canada

British comedian takes to Twitter after missing Orillia show.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

A number of reports emerged Saturday night after British comedian Russell Brand missed a show in Orillia, Ontario with more than 5000 waiting fans.

He took to Twitter to say that the delay was because he was being denied access to the country. He tweeted (as reported by the Winnipeg Free Press), "HELP! I'm gonna be late for Casino Rama show unless someone can force Canadian customs officials to let us land in Orillia. (sic)", later adding, "Let me in! I must perform at Casino Rama, Orillia tonight at 9 for 5000 Canadians! (sic)"

It wouldn’t be the first time the funnyman has been refused entry into a country – earlier this year, while accompanying his superstar wife Katy Perry to a show in Japan, he was not allowed to enter the country because of his past criminal evictions (12, in fact, varying from indecent exposure to criminal damage). Clean and sober for a number of years, it seemed that Brand was continuing to suffer the consequences of his past actions.

However, according to a recent report in the Calgary Herald, the tweets were just a joke – Brand was delayed but because of plane problems rather than issues with immigration. “He was joking about the immigration issues,” said David Howard, representing the Event Group and the Owen Hart Foundation in an email to the Herald. “In fact, his plane had mechanical issues and that is why he had to postpone the Casino Rama show (scheduled last Saturday night in Orillia, ON)… He has been in Canada before and will be here for our show.”

Russell Brand’s next stop is scheduled for Calgary October 15th at Jubilee Auditorium.


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