British comedian and actor Russell Brand was forced to cancel his sold-out stand-up gig in South Africa. The reports that Brand was unable to board the plane heading for Johannesburg on Friday, November 15 due to passport problems. His passport failed the requirement of two free pages which is the minimum requirement to enter the country.

Brand tweeted:

“Banned from South Africa. Here ready to go. Refused entry. Hope I can come soon #MessiahComplex,”

Picture courtesy of Twitter

Picture courtesy of Twitter

He was booked to perform his comedy act as part his Messiah Complex tour. Brand will also perform his comedy show in several countries such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Turkey.

Local publicist Tony Feldman commented on the cancellation saying:

“unexpected and disappointing last-minute change.”

Brand fans will be pleased to know that organizers apparently rescheduled the show to next week.