Brand X with Russell Brand
Posted Oct 12, 2012 @ 12:14 PM
I really was looking forward to Brand X when it first came out, having seen Ponderland, The Russell Brand Show, RE: Brand, and his other appearances on British TV on YouTube. However, the first season was deeply political, and a little frustrating to watch, mostly because he insisted on having his fact-checker, Matt, on the stage. Matt was mostly there to feed a factoid in, and be promptly either ignored or talked over by Brand. Also, the live studio audience was there for the same reason.
Having seen the new season, however, it seems like they've changed the format slightly. He had Ryan Hurst, "Opie" from Sons of Anarchy, on the show, and he seemed to be a welcome distraction for Russell. It gave the show a focus for a while, and it seemed more like a late night talk show. I hope that Russell can continue to focus, and maybe he might keep this show.
Posted Oct 12, 2012 @ 4:02 PM
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Posted Dec 7, 2012 @ 3:13 PM
Strangely (or perhaps not) he seemed to be having a much harder time interacting in a comfortable way with Sarah Silverman.
Edited by ratgirlagogo, Dec 7, 2012 @ 3:13 PM.
Posted Dec 7, 2012 @ 3:33 PM
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Posted Dec 9, 2012 @ 3:13 PM
I didn't like this initially but oddly it's a stronger show now that it's an hour. The segments with the various hatemongers have been fucking brilliant. I've seen those tools from Westboro Baptist (the God Hates Fags people) on TV many times and this is the first time I saw them rhetorically outmaneuvered. Russell mocked them in such a bubbly, friendly way that they were completely thrown off balance and ended up walking off the show befuddled. Same thing with the white separatist guy this past week.
I agree. Russell is a mostly get-along guy, so I'm sure it's his own way of trying to get them to gently see the error of their ways, rather than just "YOU ASSHOLES!" The Westboro segment was entertaining in ways I wasn't previously able to imagine.
Posted Feb 8, 2013 @ 8:52 PM
Has Steve Jones lived in LA as long as he lived in London at this point? Craig Ferguson treats him with a lot of reverance too. I imagine young UK performers meeting him and paying homage on a regular basis. Noel Fielding is a truly unique voice - I loved that crazy show Mighty Boosh when I saw it. I don't think the yogi bit was successful, but props to Brand for trying something that obviously means something to him.
I would like him to calm down just a bit and have more of his yogi persona, but I'm guessing that won't happen.
Posted Feb 10, 2013 @ 10:56 AM
Noel Fielding made lots of appearances with Russell in England, both live and on television, and they work well together. I wonder if FX might bring on Noel as a sort of Ed McMahon/Andy Richter for Russell, to help keep things directed.
But the 'baby, let's wait' robot could have stayed out of the show. It was just annoying, and apparently no one knew how to deal with it. I believe the lady in the audience who ended up with 'baby, let's wait' purposely took out the batteries, for which I can't blame her.
Posted Mar 1, 2013 @ 8:26 PM
Edited by ratgirlagogo, Mar 1, 2013 @ 9:15 PM.
Posted Mar 8, 2013 @ 1:46 PM
Edited by braggtastic, Mar 8, 2013 @ 1:47 PM.
Posted May 10, 2013 @ 5:10 PM
Hmm, not many posts here.
I kind of avoided his show. The voice and mannerism I thought were an act.
But I was surprised when he appeared on Kathy Griffin with a kind of world-weary skepticism at some of Kathy's silliness. Kind of clashed with the image I had of him when he appeared on other shows or in the movies.
Then I read his column about Thatcher and what she meant to him when he was growing up. Very thoughtful and very well-written. Perfectly conveyed his thoughts in very economical language. Wasn't at all what I would have expected from him.
Caught the show with him interviewing the bunny ranch guy. Hope he gets more interesting guests and has a chance to display his brilliance but in an entertainment format, maybe the kind of incisive reflection he displayed in the Thatcher place doesn't have a place.
Posted May 10, 2013 @ 6:31 PM
He is very adept with words, both written (his books and that article) and spoken (talk show appearances, his stand up). I watched his show (I think new episodes are over for now), and appreciated what he was trying to do, but don't think he was too successful. Maybe it would have been better to have all those guests with unusual viewpoints/ideas without a live audience.
Posted May 11, 2013 @ 2:20 AM
If he would just slow down a bit and stop shouting, I might be able to make it through one of his programs.
Posted May 15, 2013 @ 6:13 PM
He seems very intelligent, imo. Sometimes that doesn't come across in his delivery. IDK why.