Russell Brand in New York City (Extended & Uncensored)
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He's obviously a smart man (either the drugs didn't addle his brain much, or he started out Mensa-level), and his spontaneous comedy shows it better than his scripted comedy.
Watch Brand as the imaginary British rock star Aldous Snow in the hit Judd Apatow comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall for a taste of what you can expect to enjoy when you watch his stand-up routine, which is the best I have seen in years. It is both outrageously crude and hilariously brilliant, which is a hard balance to reach! His humor features razor-sharp wordplay and the most fantastic, biting lines -- you will find yourself laughing out loud, spewing forth whatever beverage you happen to be consuming while watching his routine. Brand's routine is nearly flawless, smart, well-timed, and sharp: Brand spills anecdotes about his wild, drugged-out sex-addict (former?) life, shares inside details about the filming of Sarah Marshall that are wonderful, and recounts zingers about his (in)famous stint as the MTV video awards host that will make you wonder if people should have licenses in order to be able to send emails to celebrities.
You won't be disappointed!
Come on Russell, don't mug off your fans now. You were doing so well.
But the stand-up here is really very boring in general, unless you're one of the worshipping fans like those in the audience at this show, who seem there to watch his hairdo and laugh at any and every thing he says, funny or not. And most of it really isn't. Brand focuses on his favorite subject--himself--and it sounds like most of his best material was in the book and these are just leftover jokes.
I'd save my money and just watch his many clips on youtube, most of which are far funnier than the stuff here.
This material is barely three stars. For five stars, watch some of Brand's heroes do truly high-quality bits, like Bill Hicks or Carlin or Pryor. Judging from this show, RB has a long way to go to reach their level of intelligence in material. He's a very smart guy, no doubt, but the jokes here are not. They seem like outtakes from a much funnier show. He's funny to watch move around, but I watch comedy for the material first and foremost; cuteness and hair styles don't make weak jokes funnier.
But give him time: once he stops worshipping the ground he walks on and gets down to commenting intelligently on things other than himself, as on the VMA clip, he might just end up one of the best comedians of our time.
But being cute is not the same as being a great comic.
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I've seen better Russell Brand comedies, but this was okay to watch.Published 4 months ago by S. Evans
New respect for Russell Brand, he's a lot smarter than the media makes him out to be. Intellectual/political humor of the highest caliber.Published 7 months ago by Frank C