Ever The Ladies’ Man: Russell Brand Takes Heiress Jemima Khan On A Secret Date To Budget Vietnamese Restaurant

Russell Brand arrives at the GQ Men of the Year party on November 18, 2008, in Los Angeles.

(CNN) — This week on The Big Three we say bye bye to Michele Bachmann; comedian Russell Brand joins us (naked, apparently) to talk about his column condemning group-blame in the wake of the brutal beheading of a British soldier; and Dean and Margaret offer their take on a commencement address for the Class of 2013. First, one of the most polarizing figures in American politics decided not to run for re-election this week. I think I heard church bells ringing in reaction. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was briefly an icon of the tea party movement and even pursued an ill-advised presidential campaign that resulted in numerous — and ongoing — ethics investigations. Bachmann used her 15 minutes of fame to divide and demagogue our national debates, routinely accusing opponents of being anti-American and parroting conspiracy theories from her congressional pulpit. Her frequently fact-free accusations made her a favorite on the far-right, but interestingly it is liberal Democrats like Dean who already think they’re going to miss her the most, while Margaret sees her departure as a win for reforming the Republican Party. Russell Brand is best known as a British comedian and TV/film star, who, in addition to co-starring in the upcoming animated film “Despicable Me 2,” is also a Solzhenitzyn-quoting, part-time essayist. In the wake of the barbaric beheading of a soldier in London, Brand wrote an essay in The Sun called “Blame this on madness…not Muslims.” Big Three podcasters John Avlon, Margaret Hoover, Dean Obeidallah Click here to hear podcast Dean was particularly touched by the effort to defend the Muslim community from the ugly passions stirred by group blame. Brand’s perspective is that mental illness is more at fault in the attack than the influence of radical Islam and that root causes must be analyzed, as well. While I agree with Brand’s assertion that we can’t let extremists determine the terms of debate for the rest of society, especially when their goal is to take us off center by inspiring further hate and distrust, I’m not convinced that taking troops out of Afghanistan would stop terrorism — and, unlike Brand, I think that evil exists. But it’s a lively, thoughtful conversation — especially considering that Brand informed us afterward that he conducted it naked looking in a mirror. Which is a sideways segue to commemorating the end of another college year. Yes, its commencement address season and already words of wisdom are being dispensed on college campuses across the country by the likes of Stephen Colbert, President Obama and Wolf Blitzer. The millennial generation is coming of age and we debate whether the “everybody gets a trophy” ethos (plus the uphill economic climb) has left them well prepared for life after college. Dean orates a commencement address of his own, while Margaret and I dispense our advice (you have to be willing to work hard if you want to follow your bliss).

Dating: Jemima Khan and Russell Brand were last pictured together at a benefit evening for Palestinian refugee children at Cafe de Paris on June 20, but are now said to be dating

By Chiderah Monde / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:02 PM Comment Steve Granitz/WireImage Russell Brand made an off-color joke about how he considered becoming a monk after getting divorced from ex-wife Katy Perry. In terms of a sex-life, being a monk is not that different than being married, he said. Russell Brand made an off-color joke about his sex life with ex-wife Katy Perry during a recent stand-up routine at a show in London. Speaking at a warm-up gig for his Messiah Complex tour at the Soho Theater on July 31, the funny-man joked that after his divorce he considered becoming a monk. PAUL HACKETT/Reuters Brand said Id be thinking think of anyone, anyone else, during sex with ex-wife Katy Perry. “When you’re a monk, you’re not allowed to have sex with anyone,” Brand reportedly said . “When you’re married, it’s one person. That’s one more than a monk. It’s not that different.” To the 38-year-old comedian being married to one person is apparently no different than being celibate. He went on to quip that he would often have to fantasize about other women. PHOTOS: CELEBRITY BREAKUPS: THE EX FILES Chris Pizzello/AP Katy Perry, left, and Russell Brand divorced after a 14-month marriage. The comedian asked for a divorce in December of 2011, via text message. “I’d be having sex thinking, ‘think of anyone, anyone else.'” Brand ended his marriage to Perry, 28, in December of 2011. In a recent interview with Vogue magazine , the “Firework” singer revealed that the comedian sent her a text message on New Year’s Eve asking for a divorce.

Russell Brand jokes about sex with ex-wife Katy Perry: I’d be thinking, ‘think of anyone, anyone else’

The 38-year-old comedian has known Jemima, 39, for many years, but the pair only got closer whilst at an A-list party after he left the GQ Men of the Year Awards on Tuesday. Brand organised their date the day before he flew out of the country, and from the looks of a recent Twitter message he won’t be back in England till October. Dating: Jemima Khan and Russell Brand were last pictured together at a benefit evening for Palestinian refugee children at Cafe de Paris on June 20, but have now been on a date The venue: Russell Brand took Jemima to Vietnamese restaurant Song Que Cafe, in Hoxton A source told The Sun : ‘He wanted to connect with Jemima without the showbiz trappings she’s used to. ‘There’s a strong connection between them and they’re attracted to each other, especially on an intellectual level.’ Before the meal he asked the ex-wife of cricketer Imran Khan to swap her glamourous Chelsea lifestyle for a bike ride around East London, and they were seen crossing Tower Bridge laughing and having a good time. According to sources, Russell loves East London because it’s low key and wanted to take Jemima somewhere different than her regular West London haunts. He then took the mum-of-two to Song Que Vietnamese restaurant, on Kingsland Road in Hackney where a main meal costs around 6. The pair met after Russell was allegedly booted out of the GQ party for aiming a Nazi jibe at the German sponsors, Hugo Boss – who designed the SS uniforms. Jet-setter: Paradise actor Russell Brand is spotted leaving on a flight at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California on Saturday At the party they were seen sat on a sofa together and looked to be enjoying each other’s company. Two years ago, heiress Jemima, 39, commissioned Brand to write an article for the Left-wing New Statesman magazine when she was its guest editor for a week. PIERS MORGAN: Russell Brand shuffled in. You! Go to the naughty chair Paradise actor Russell Brand was recently spotted departing on a flight at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California on Saturday. Casual: Russell was seen with is hair tied back at LAX airport dressed in a blue vest top full of holes, baggy grey sweatpants, a pair of grey Toms shoes and a pair of dark sunglasses The day before the star tweeted: ‘Goodbye England, my England, Albion, Arcadia, isle of wizards, rebels and jokers. See you in October for #MessiahComplex.’ A source said that Jemima hopes to meet up with Russell, who has dated a long list of celebs including his ex-wife Katy Perry, Kate Moss and Peaches Geldof, next month when he’s back.