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Russell Brand

Russell Brand He was already a star in Britain, but comedian Russell Brand rocked America in 2008. After a scene-stealing role in Judd Apatow’s “ Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” Brand went on to host the Video Music Awards. Even though he incensed some audience members by mocking the Jonas Brothers’ purity rings, critics applauded Brand’s hosting skills, and rumor has it he will host the show again next year. Max Nash / AFP / Getty Images