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Russell Brand refused entry into South Africa

Russell Brand refused entry into South Africa © Russell Brand / AP Russell Brand refused entry into South Africa


British funnyman Russell Brand has been forced to cancel a stand-up show in South Africa after he was refused entry into the country on Friday. The comedian was set to hit the stage in Johannesburg tonight as part of his Messiah Complex World Tour, but he has now canceled the show because authorities did not allow him to enter the country.

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Brand, who has not confirmed the reason behind the block, insists he is currently trying to resolve the issue. In a post on, he writes, "Tonight's J-burg (Johannesburg) show cancelled. SA (South Africa) authorities refuse to let me into your country. Trying to resolve it."

Brand is also scheduled to perform in the city's Montecasino Theatre over the weekend and in Cape Town on Tuesday. It has not been announced whether these shows have also been canceled.

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