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Russell Brand says he's 'quite well' since split with Katy Perry

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.

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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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