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.