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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 28, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

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  • Summary: Russell Brand talks about current events in politics and pop culture with a live audience.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 28, 2012
    70
    If you like Brand, you'll love BrandX, but you might be left wanting.
  2. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jun 29, 2012
    50
    Some of it was compelling and some of it tedious.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 29, 2012
    40
    The result is not all that funny but more interesting than what most stand-up TV programs deliver.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Wallenstein
    Jun 29, 2012
    40
    Brand X works when Brand doesn't force himself to play with the trappings of the show and he just sticks to the monologue.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jun 28, 2012
    30
    He gets off a few good lines, but even the fan-based studio audience wasn't much impressed, providing an ocean of silence where the laughter should be, which made the television viewing experience actually uncomfortable at times.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 28, 2012
    10
    If there's any justice, Brand X With Russell Brand will be as quickly forgotten as his blink-and-you-missed-it union with Katy Perry.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 27, 2012
    0
    The star of this ill-conceived show, which also features former congressional policy advisor Matt Stoller as a very uncomfy foil, completely fails to get untracked from halting start to grinding finish.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Jul 13, 2012
    10
    Love this show! If only we could get this type of intelligent, insightful, entertaining show into main street media to help in the fight against the deliberate dumbing down of humankind! Look forward to the show every week.! Expand
  2. Oct 10, 2012
    10
    This show is brilliant!!! It makes you seriously think about various aspects of society whilst simultaneously being hilarious. Russell is doing great!
  3. Feb 20, 2014
    10
    Awesome! A travel into the weird, entertaining consciousness that is Russell Brand.

    It's chaotic, action-filled and I wasn't bored for a
    second, haven't seen the whole 2nd season yet, but watching it step by step! Expand
  4. Sep 10, 2012
    7
    First of all, if you're not yet familiar with Russell's overall sense of humor then give it a while to grow on you. You might confuse initial shock value for disgust at first but it's easy to say his style is an acquired taste. Now onto the actual review: I'm usually a fan of Brand's raunchy & spontaneous sense of humor, and this is for the most part no exception. However, I think I should get my gripes out of the way now, the main one being Matt, the BORING political statistical commentator sitting next to him during the "news" segments. The job itself could have some potential; a guy to relay the news to Brand while also engaging in some witty banter. The problem is that from what I've seen, Matt has no comedic personality and practically kills any momentum that Brand tries to get going, at times turning Brand X into more of a boring educational show than an edgy comedy one. And even when what Matt says generates some good material, he still later tries to negate any funny yet outlandish claims that Russell makes. I think a better idea would've been to get a different comedian each week to do the job Matt is doing, but actually contribute positively to the show's comedy aspect. Russell works very well with "the straight man", as shown in his audience interaction segments and some of his most prominent movie roles, but Matt takes it to a level where possible material is minimized. On a more positive note, Brand's take on bizarre news stories is very sharp and witty, and I found myself laughing multiple times throughout the show. I love that he tackles more obscure "news" stories, rather than just picking the most obvious popular cultural events that talk show hosts have pretty much already got covered. It's kinda like Jay Leno's Headlines but more funny, drawn-out and sex-based. The audience interaction segments were also quite entertaining. Brand is really good at working off of various audience members, especially if they're willing to play along by actually answering any given question he asks them. The audience-polling devices in each member's seat were also a nice touch. At one point he started bringing celebrity guests onto the show, and personally I don't think Brand's style really works in a traditional talk-show format unless he's the one being interviewed. It tends to get really boring really fast. Now I'm not saying that I always want comedy all the time in every show I see, but Metta World Peace talking about the psychiatric mindset of the Aurora shooter isn't exactly why I'd tune in to a Russell Brand show. Like with Matt, it just kills the vibe/momentum. I'd find myself fast forwarding through minute after minute without a single laugh to be found. Maybe it'd work better if he just invited comedians on for that. One last thing to note is that while Brand's morals can be less than "decent", there's still sometimes a bit of a lesson/moral at the end of an episode. Sometimes it works quite naturally but at other times it can seem forced and a little hypocritical. All in all I think this show is pretty entertaining & has a lot of potential. It could just use some tweaking & refinement. Expand
  5. Aug 2, 2012
    5
    Coming unto this show, I knew little about Russell Brand, I didn't know if I was in for a treat or a disappointing. And as most people who have reviewed this would tell you.THIS SHOW SUCKS. And the reason for this is, Russell Brand is not funny and has no business starring on his show. Expand
  6. Jul 4, 2012
    4
    Let me start by saying I was a HUGE fan of Ponderland (strongly recommend anyone check it out if you haven't seen it) and think Russell is a talented stand up comedian. However, the premiere of Brand X was very disappointing. I do think it has promise though. The way the premiere was structured didn't allow Russell enough room to go on observational tangents, which is where he shines. It was just boring.

    It will be interesting to see how the show progresses though.
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  7. Jul 5, 2012
    0
    I watched this show, the first episode, and wow. I ended up fast forwarding through a few of his jokes. They are slow, not funny, and the whole show feels just, boring. Not what it is suppose to do and keep me entertained. I have nothing against Brand, he has been funny at times, but he just doesn't do stand up in a show setting very well. Expand

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