Ever since Russell Brand gave great performances as Aldous Snow in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek,” I’ve been a fan. I’ve enjoyed his stand-up work, and I hear his books are worth reading. I like the Russell Brand personality, so I should enjoy his new late-night show “Brand X with Russell Brand,” right? I do, but not as much as I thought I would.
“Brand X” has a weird format. Brand spends the show riffing on current events, pop culture, etc., while messing with his audience. It’s occasionally very funny, but sometimes Brand flies a little off the rails. And the audience interaction can be good, but sometimes a bland person doesn’t have the ability to match the host’s gusto.
My favorite interactions are between Brand and his researcher/consultant, Matt Stoller, a Harvard graduate and former congressional policy adviser. I’d like to see more clashing of Brand’s absurdist mindset with Stoller’s logic-based reality. How much you enjoy Brand and his humor will determine how much you enjoy this show, but like I said, I’m a fan and still wanted something more.