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5 Shows After Dark: He's Basically Ours Now, Because That's Just What We Needed

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | August 2, 2012 | Comments ()


"2012 Olympic Summer Games" on NBC at 8:00pm ET.

"Trip Flip" on Travel Channel at 9:00pm ET. As I understand this show, they approach people already on vacation and offer to, like, improve it. The only downside is that you have to be on TV show. However, this episode takes place in Edinburgh, so I assume that when they go to improve someone's Edinburgh vacation they do that by taking them somewhere civilized.

"Misfits" on Logo at 10:00pm ET.

"Louie" on FX at 10:30pm ET.

"Brand X with Russell Brand" on FX at 11:00pm ET. First season finale. So I gave this a shot or two, and it's basically Russell Brand ranting on a loosely collected series of topics with audience interaction and it really seems like it'd work great in person but no so much on TV. He's definitely excellent at keeping things moving along, but not so good at staying on topic. I have learned, though, that he's in the process of getting his green card so very soon Great Britain will no longer have to apologize to the US for him, because we'll have made him our own.

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  • Am I alone here in the fact that, not only does Russell Brand not annoy me, but I actually love him? Granted...I saw a bunch of his stand-ups pre-Sarah Marshall and really fell in love with him alongside Noel Fielding in their stints on Big Fat Quiz of the Year (I highly recommend, every year is on youtube. Watch now and laugh your face off).

    Seriously though, he should stop trying to carry a movie and just do stand-up. Having said that, though, I have to concede that I've watched Brand X a few times and didn't really like it because he seems like he's trying too hard with the forced audience participation and banter with the American guy that's there....for some reason.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I'm an unapologetic 'Brand's not so bad' kinda guy.
    He can be witty, engaging and thoughtful. Watch his 'Ponderland' episode on the class system in the UK and give him another chance.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    I watched a snippet of Brand X, and it was pretty horrible. However, I'm not ready to give up on him entirely. I've read his first book, and it's pretty clear that under all that prancing and preening is a pretty smart fellow.

    "My Booky Wook" was enjoyable and at least in a few cases it verged on thoughtful. But the big reveal from the book is just how much of his act is basically a desperate attempt to be liked - He's acutely self aware of his rampant insecurity. Kind of an odd mix.

  • dahlia6

    I would love to shoot him, Katy Perry, Niki Minaj, Taylor Swift, the cast of Twilight, the people who came up with that Kidz Bop shit, Rick Santorum, and Dane Cook straight into the sun.

  • bleujayone

    Britain dumped Russell Brand on us in much the same way they dispose of many of their less desirable entertainers. He was left on our front porch in a brown paper bag engulfed in flames. We still haven't gotten around to scraping him off our collective shoe.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Russell Brand looks like Skeletor. Skeletor with a whiny voice.

  • bleujayone

    The cartoon Skeletor DID have a whiny voice.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Oh yeah, he did didn't he. So Russell Brand IS Skeletor.

  • thenchonto

    Hmmm... I always thought of him as more of the love child of Skeletor and Weird Al Yankovic, with the all the charm of neither.

  • Slash

    Eh, I don't hate Russell Brand. And the fact that he couldn't make it work with Katy Perry kinda makes me think a bit more of him. When he first staggered on the scene (and I have no doubt he staggered), I thought he was just a dirty hippie. I can't help it, I find him kind of entertaining. But on this show, he's too manic or something. He changes subjects about every 12 seconds. It's fucking exhausting. But in small doses, he's OK. Better than Seacrest.

  • googergieger

    Well butter my butt and call me Margaret. This is just turrible.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Oh, we were due. We got Craig Ferguson. This just sort of evens things out.

  • John W

    What's the return policy?

  • CardinalChunder

    I'd like to say none. None Whatsoever and under any circumstances. The opposite of Marks and Spencer.

    But then, I thought being loud, annoying, unfunny, looking greasy and skeevy and failing to have a single TV show here that didn't bomb might just stop him. It didn't. He got a shot at a US film career. When that failed I thought marrying a pop star might ghetto him into 'professional gossip site subject', nope, someone's given him another TV slot.

    Look, we're sorry, we're really sorry for unleashing this critically immune bacteria on the world, but you were the ones who gave him a second flush of nutrients to grow on. Just hang onto him for a couple of years and we'll do you a deal on Mitchell and Webb, okay?

  • Every single time I see Russell Brand, I remember Tom and Lorenzo subtitling his photo with, "God, he must be exhausting." Generally, I say it out loud, too.

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