Noth­ing to laugh about as Brand tour is can­celled

Sunday World - - News -

BRI­TISH comic Rus­sell Brand can­celled his six-date South African tour yes­ter­day, af­ter he was blocked from fly­ing to the coun­try.

Brand’s tour pub­li­cist, De­bra de Souza, said in a state­ment that he was “re­fused per­mis­sion to fly to South Africa be­cause his pass­port didn’t con­tain the manda­tory num­ber of empty pages. Con­se­quently he has now been forced to can­cel his tour. ”

Brand posted a pic­ture of him­self on Twit­ter wav­ing at the air­port with an in­for­ma­tion board in the back­ground in­di­cat­ing the Joburg flight.

“Banned from South Africa. Here ready to go. Re­fused en­try. Hope I can come soon,” he told his 7 mil­lion fol­low­ers. South Africa re­quires visi­tors to have at least two blank pages in their pass­port to en­ter the coun­try.

Lo­cal pro­moter Tony Feld­man said tick­ets would be re­funded and that or­gan­is­ers were hop­ing to resched­ule dates for some­time in the mid­dle of next year.

Brand was due to play six sold-out shows in South Africa.

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