Russell Brand blames Canada customs for Casino Rama no show

Russell Brand, who was scheduled to perform at Casino Rama in Orillia Saturday evening to a crowd of 5,000 fans, sent out a series of tweets claiming he was denied entry by Canadian customs. Late Saturday he tweeted: “HELP! I’m gonna be late for Casino Rama show unless someone can force Canadian customs officials to let us land in Orillia.” Later, he wrote: “Let me in! I must perform at Casino Rama, Orillia tonight at 9 for 5000 Canadians!” At 6 p.m. he announced the show was postponed. “I’m sorry. I can’t enter Canada. We must abolish the borders between our nations AND our minds.” However, Casino Rama tweeted later that the British comedian, whose Twitter name is rustyrockets, was pulling a prank: “Ok all, let’s be clear, @rustyrockets is still in Cali, he never left, he has no immigration or border issue, it was a tech issue with plane!” Casino Rama spokeswoman Jenna Hunter told The Canadian Press on Sunday that Brand was unable to find a replacement airplane. “I think he’s trying to be witty about the whole thing, but it really was just a plane issue, it wasn’t a customs issue at all,” she explained. Casino Rama advised ticket holders, many of whom drove hours to get to the casino, to hang on to their tickets because the show would be rescheduled at a later date. However, a large number were unimpressed and stood in line to get refunds instead.

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  1. Maria Cipriano • October 3, 2011 @ 5:30 PM

    What’s wrong with Russell- that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard! How can he blame his incompetence on Canada Customs. He should be ashamed. I am a big fan of his and found out too late about this appearance to get tickets. Now, I am sooo glad I wasn’t there. I would be fuming too, like his other disappointed fans. Way to be a dork, Russell!!

  2. Germain • October 4, 2011 @ 5:31 AM

    Who would pay money to see this guy really?

  3. Rita • October 4, 2011 @ 7:36 AM

    Maria, I would feel the same way too. Him making a joke out of it makes people angry. Me included! What makes them Do something like that?? Its Not OK to do to Anyone. They sure Wouldn’t like it done to themselves, so What makes them Think, ‘We Like It’ done to us??

  4. L1feless • October 4, 2011 @ 9:10 AM

    “Ahhh help I’m to lazy and stupid to charter another plane”

    I agree that Tweet doesn’t sound nearly as interesting as claiming that the EVIL border patrol wont let the ignorant Brit into the country…for the Border guards reading…remember random searches don’t always need to be random.

    Perhaps we need to have him greeted when he finally does show with a hair dresser and an dentist to fix the scarecrow hair and those awful British teeth…

  5. Kasey • October 4, 2011 @ 1:34 PM

    Its funny your calling Russell an ignorant Brit just because he played a joke. Also you couldnt even post your own name which is sad.

  6. Janice • October 4, 2011 @ 2:22 PM

    I had tickets and I’m never going to buy tickets to see him again, because I don’t trust him to bother to show up.

  7. C-Dub • October 4, 2011 @ 8:19 PM

    They never said what his show exactly is??? Like stand up? Shock comedy? Slapstick stuff? Just a evening with a drug addict? Let that be a lesson to him and his entourage..be here VERY early.

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