Episode #812 – Russell Brand and Jim Breuer

Episode #812

“Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. Jim Breuer is a stand up comedian, actor, author,  singer and host.”

The Trews was a web series that Russell Brand does on YouTube.

Jim Talks about Raw Dog Comedy, his old show that Rogan said he used to listen to often.

General Discussion:

Joe and Russell talk about consciously being able to identify your feelings and not blaming the exterior world for those feelings, in-turn manipulate those feelings into positive ones or simply think about them in a different way.
“What we are feeling is very complex” Joe Rogan

Dunbar’s number –  “is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person.”

Russell had dinner at Tom Cruises house and had a conversation with Tom Cruise about democracy and communism. Tom Cruise is a Scientologist and Russell said that Tom really disagreed with him on a lot of topics.

L. Ron Hubbard“was an American pulp fiction author. He wrote in a wide variety of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, adventure fiction, aviation, travel, mystery, western and romance.” According to Joe, Hubbard is known for writing the most fiction anyone had ever written.

“If that’s not a red flag I don’t know what is” – Joe Rogan

“One person can change the world forever as long as they don’t care who gets that credit.” – Jim Breuer

“There is no Viagra for enlightenment.” – Russell

Foreign accent syndrome “a rare medical condition in which patients develop speech patterns that are perceived as a foreign accent that is different from their native accent, without having acquired it in the perceived accent’s place of origin.”

People mentioned

Joseph Campbell – “Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion.”
Russel talks about Joseph as a person who studied religion and folktales. He said “Where there are consistencies there is truth”, Russell uses this quote to explain the metaphor of these stories. “Often in these stories the forest is used as that unconscious” Russell says, “When a character has to go into the woods, that means you’ve got to go into yourself, go into new territory”.

Carl Jung – “A Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy and religious studies.”
Russell compares Jung to Campbell in the way that he believed that personal dreams are also a way to explore consciousness and discoveries or personal beliefs.

Graham Hancock – “a British writer and journalist. Hancock specialises in unconventional theories[1] involving ancient civilisations, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths and astronomical/astrological data from the past.”
Graham appeared in Episode #725 of The Joe Rogan Experience

Andy Warhol – “an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.”

Eckhart Tolle – “a German-born resident of Canada,best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose. In 2011, he was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world.”
Russell talks about Tolle as a person he went to advice for and made him come to the realization that eventually everyone dies and because of this it makes decisions easier because during this time you want to make decisions that benefit you the most.

Johnny Depp – “an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.”
He is a part of Hollywood Vampires the band as a guitarist.
Amber Heard settles domestic abuse case against Johnny Depp

Howard Stern – “an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer.”
Joe says that Howard Stern was sued by the government a lot for talking about certain things.
Bill Hicks – “an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician. His material, encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, and philosophy, was controversial, and often steeped in dark comedy.”
Bill Hicks was how Joe Rogan found out about Terence Mckenna.
Sam Kinison – “was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was known for his intense, harsh and politically incorrect humor.”
Sam is said to get his personality from having a car accident when he was younger. He suffered head injuries when he was young and it dramatically changed his personality which made him into the comic he was in the 80’s and 90’s.















Russell Philosophy

Russell tells Joe that he likes his show because they are two intellectual people having conversations about topics and sharing ideas so that both of them can grow. In comparison he talks about how at one stage in life there were Yogi’s in the Hindu religion that used meditative states to find truths and mantras and that was their version of science.

After starting to listen to JRE, Russell now goes to kickboxing, jujitsu and yoga.

Russell says: Happiness is when what the world needs meets what you have to offer.

The world is infinite and much larger things are going on, Jupiter is being hit with comets, the sun is going to explode one day and we are just living on a rock floating through a vacuum. This is the perspective that Russell and Joe like to view the world because it gives you as a person a sense of importance. You should not live your life worrying about what people say about you, it’s insignificant compared to much larger issues and if you live life thinking that way then nothing can bother you.

If none of us had a sense of smell, how would we be able to comprehend the fact that those things existed. Russell says “I think there are streams of energy, streams of data in which we do not have the instruments to receive  so we totally discount it”

Dissatisfaction in life is common, Russell believes that everyone is “too jacked up” on satisfying ourselves with material possessions, we need to take breaks from this.


Russell brand – “I loved drugs”

Ayahuasca – “an entheogenic brew made out of Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the Psychotria viridis leaf. The brew is used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the Indigenous peoples of Amazonia.”

DMT – “is a powerful psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family. It is a structural analog of serotonin and melatonin”

Joe says that Yogi’s would get high especially on edibles and then do yoga poses, it’s a beautiful thing.

Terence Mckenna – “So many people do the mans work for the man”
People are so worried about being free or discussing topics they think aren’t ‘topical’ or ‘excepted’ that they are actually helping out the people who want to oppress these thoughts or ideas.


Joe’s addictions:
Bow hunting with a compound bow

The thing that  Russell say that drove him to addiction was the sense of connections and finding union or an “end game” in life that no one has ever achieved. Yogi’s do this through practice but Russell was using another outlet to find it.

Authors Note:
This podcast is not the most dense with information that can be written down, Russell is a person you have to listen to.
Russell is famous for his ability to speak, whether that is comedy or trews he is one of the most profound people I have ever listened to.  – Grhylln

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