17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Flawed but fabulous,
This review is from: Russell Brand: Live [DVD] (DVD)
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Russell Brand - he's smart, hilarious and weirdly endearing. However, i don't feel that this particular DVD does real justice to his talents.
Although there are some stand-out funny moments here that more than justify buying this DVD, some parts seemed forced and the act as a whole didn't really seem to flow that smoothly.
In my opinion, Russell is at his best when he's improvising and just going with the flow, or at least when performing an act which he hasn't done over and over again (the short act he performed at the Secret Policeman's Ball has to be one of the funniest pieces of stand-up I've ever seen).
When i went to see his show in Birmingham recently, there was thankfully only about 30 minutes worth of the material on this DVD included, instead he spent most of the night ad-libbing - engaging with the audience and reading articles from the local paper - to fabulous comedic effect.
Still, this DVD is very funny and it made me laugh A LOT. In my opinion it's definitely worth buying (unless very graphic sex references make you feel uncomfortable, that is).
However, I can't give it 5 stars - however much I would like to - because I know he can do so much better.