Russell Brand is hoping to imitate Hugh Hefner by dating Playboy twins.

The British comedian - who has been linked to a string of women since ending his 14-month marriage to pop princess Katy Perry last December - tried to secure a wild date with Playboy models Carla and Melissa Howe after his stand-up gig in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night (26.09.12)

Red-haired Carla told The Sun newspaper: ''The lights came on during the show and some American girls started screaming at him.

''He told them they were weird and he wasn't interested, then he picked us out afterwards. One of his team told us to wait outside and Russell pulled up. He wound down his window and told us how nice we looked. He couldn't believe we were twins.

''Russell said he was going home and asked us if we'd come along. But as soon as a photographer turned up he took our numbers and drove off.

''The snapper ruined the meet but, yeah, most girls would have got in the car.''

The girls have previously been spotted with Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole.

Russell has enjoyed several flings recently including a brief romance with ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, but he reportedly isn't ready for a serious relationship.

A source said: ''Geri was smitten but things have petered out a tad.

''He isn't ready to settle down so soon after coming out of marriage, whereas Geri is probably more ready to have a relationship.''