It's May 2015 and holed up in his East London pad, with trendy exposed internal brickwork, Brand tells the "yoof" not to bother voting in the UK General Election.
I miss this guy from the public eye! https://t.co/5wO0dtcide— James (@BeaumontJame) September 13, 2016
Miliband was subsequently mocked for adopting a "mockney" (fake east London accent) for the interview with Brand, in what ended up being an embarrassing episode for the Labour leader who failed to win the election.
Speaking with the great gift of hindsight, Brand now admits that his venture into mainstream politics was unsuccessful.
"I can smile about it now, but at the time it was terrible."
Please tell Russell Brand 15 minutes is up.— steve salem (@MrZambeezi) April 11, 2015
Dont Vote is one of the most irresponsible pieces of advice a supposed intellectual can give.
"I'd lost myself a little bit," Brand is reported saying.
According to British tabloid newspaper, The Sun on Sunday, he said:
"Do you remember when I broke the general election because Ed Miliband came around my f***ing house, do you remember that? I was thinking while he was in there, it's a bit weird that this is happening."
The stand-up comedian, without a hint of hubris, also admits to feeling guilty for his role in Labour's failure to win the election.
"The next day when it turned out the Conservatives were elected more than ever before, I thought 'oh f***' I've broken England, s**t."
At this point, Brand it seems, had as much political influence as Ed Mliband; the Conservative party won the 2015 General Election, not by much, but enough to put them in charge.
It is now September 2016 and the Tories are running Britain. Brand's calls for a revolution seem a distant past, as he himself admits: "I can't tell if it was spiritual enlightenment or mental illness."