Russell Brand is ready to be uplifted.
On Sunday, the British comic was back to work, and back on U.S. soil, to promote Strangely Uplifting, his new FX series, at a TCA panel in Pasadena, Calif.
As the Q&A session began, a reporter made a vague reference to Brand's headline-making Dec. 30 split from wife Katy Perry, asking Brand, 36, how he was doing.
"I'm quite well, thank you. Are you asking because of recent events?" he chuckled. "Well, I suppose what you're doing is you're making the mistake as seeing time as linear."
His goal for the still-developing series, Brand said, is fairly simple. "All I want is for people to feel better than they do now. That's all I want," he mused. "All I want is to make people laugh and to make people happy. And as long as I stay in alignment with that, then I'm served by great forces."
Will the series delve into his talked-about personal life? "I think there will be inevitable biographical elements because you can't speak from anyone's perspective but your own," he said. "Unless I was to bizarrely adapt some sort of avatar."
Brand conceded that he's frequently misunderstood in the press. But, to correct that, he told reporters, "I listen to others. I accept that you must be humble. It's very important to have humility. . . I have a tendency to fly off. I'm tangential and also I'm narcissistic. I have to be very careful."
His estranged wife Perry, meanwhile, wasn't too far away from Pasadena on Sunday night — but the "Firework" singer, 26, avoided the glitz and celeb crush of Golden Globes parties.
A source tells Us Weekly that Perry watched the awards show from the comfort of her hotel room in the L.A. area.
"She has been very low key during her stay," a hotel source said, adding that Perry has been ordering room service and takeout food with pals.
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