Brand X airs an Thursdays at 11PM on FX.
“Taking on the news of the day like no one else, Brand uses his unconventional sensibility, spirituality, humor and status as a recently transplanted Englishman to get to the bottom of what the news really means. The show will be driven by Brand’s interaction with a live audience as he discusses pundits, news makers and activists – many of whom he calls his friends. In addition, former Congressional policy advisor and Harvard University graduate Matt Stoller will appear on Brand X as a political, economic and historical consultant.”
I read a couple of reviews before writing mine and I have to say that I was a bit surprised. There were some that I expected saying that it’s a love it or hate it show and that there are a lot of critics who praise it and other calling it weak. Then there are the ones saying that Brand X isn’t funny, he’s trying to hard, and that it won’t reach a US audience. Now, I watch a lot of British TV so maybe I’m not the best judge of how things would reach the US versus the UK audiences, but I’d have to disagree with that statement. The US has accepted Russell Brand’s comedy thus far, so why wouldn’t we continue to? Personally, I love this show. I think it shows a side of Brand that people don’t really get to see. People usually think of him as this outrageous, funny, and hyper guy, but don’t think that there’s much else to him. Ever since I watched his stand up special Russell Brand in New York City, I knew that there was more to him than his comedy. He’s actually very wise, smart, aware of what is going on in the world, and a lot of the things he says are actually quite deep. To be honest, that’s what made me such a fan of his. This show is made to highlight those aspects of him, while also making jokes and interacting with his audience. Maybe the first episode wasn’t loved by all, but I see the potential there. His consultant on the other hand didn’t seem to have much purpose until the end, so hopefully we’ll see more of what he’s meant to do so he doesn’t seem so out of place.
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