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'Brand X With Russell Brand' Premiere: New FX Show Focuses On Dalai Lama And Spirituality

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Russell Brand heads to American TV for the first time with his own FX late-night series, "Brand X" (premieres Thursday, June 28 at 11 p.m. ET).

The British comedian and actor -- best known stateside for his role in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" -- goes back to his stand-up start on "Brand X With Russell Brand." On the first episode of the half-hour show, Brand gets quite spiritual. He kicks off the premiere discussing his meeting with the Dalai Lama and how rumors started that he regaled the Tibetan high priest with tales of his sex life.

"I feel like spirituality is the most thing in our lives," Brand explains to his straight man and Roosevelt Institute fellow, Matt Stoller, wondering why the US and UK don't have a figure similar to the Dalai Lama. He goes on to discuss Mel Gibson, circumcision and even fellow new FX star Charlie Sheen (whose new series "Anger Management" premieres Thursday as well at 9 p.m. ET).

"It was really tremendous fun," Brand told HuffPost TV's Maggie Furlong of "Brand X" at FX's summer comedy party in Hollywood earlier this week. "It was beautiful, I think because people kept marching up, the audience, onto the stage, clearly under the influence of drugs, while trying to understand the concept of a universal peace and the principles of Buddhism as espoused by the Dalai Lama. On FX -- imagine it! I think it's going to be remarkable."

Tune in to "Brand X With Russell Brand" on Thursday, June 28 at 11 p.m. ET to see if it all the wonderful adjectives he used above.

Click through the slideshow below to see Brand with his former wife Katy Perry.

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