What to think?

Monday, September 22, 2008
This evening, after spending a mind numbingly long time getting things sorted with the bank, I decided to do absolutely nothing. Unfortunately that's pretty much impossible so I did as little as possible. There was of course breathing, keeping the blood flowing through my veins, and maintaining the normal bodily functions but other than that, I planted myself on the couch to watch some television. What fabulous form of entertainment awaited me? Absolutely nothing. Fantastic. So I headed over to YouTube to see what I could find.

It didn't disappoint.

I spent the evening knitting furiously (tick tock goes the Christmas/birthday clock) while watching Big Fat Quiz of the Year, 2006 and 2007. Unfortunately the show is hosted by Jimmy Carr who has to be one of the least funny things to ever come out of Britain. Thankfully it was up to the guests to provide most of the jokes (proof there may just be a god after all). The show also included Jonathan Ross who I find extremely annoying but once again, it was made up for by the presence of Rob Brydon in both seasons and David Mitchell in the '07 version. Have I mentioned how much I love UK television? I have? Ok, I won't bring it up again... One of their typical panel games featuring various celebrities, it takes a look back at major (cough cough) news events over the past year and tests the panels knowledge. The panel itself consists of three teams of two players each. Lucky me, they put David and Rob together. Purrrrrrrrrrr.

One team, the same two members for both seasons, had me cocking my head to side with a quizical look on my face and saying "Huh?". The team consisted of Noel Fielding and Russell Brand. I had a vague idea about Brand - he'd been on MTV or something and had been fired. No clue as to who Fielding was so I had to look him up. At first the two were annoyingly idiotic. However, as time went I found myself enjoyig their odd answers and strange behaviour. Fielding, frankly, was adorable in a bizarre pseudo-goth sort of way, constantly flashing a boyish smile. Brand on the other hand...I just don't know what to think of him.

The few clips I'd seen up to this point had me thinking "twat" with a capital T but when I really started to listen to him, even his insults and comebacks seemed quite intelligent. Maybe it was because it was already past my bedtime and my brain had melted from all the talk earlier in the day about interest rates, insurance, principle, terms, etc. but I found myself enjoying him as well. Even with the weird hair and the really tacky looking chest hair. Tom Jones he is not, thank you very much. So now I don't know what to think. Is he just some moron who managed to finagle his way onto television and therefore obtain a modicum of fame? Or is he actually talented and deserves the accolades he's received (including winning the 2006 version of Big Fat Quiz thanks to a 22 point bonus question from Jimmy Carr).

You may also have noticed that I have not posted the results of this weekend's EPL matches and for good reason. I'd rather not relive the horror that was the final score of the Portsmouth game, thank you very much...


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Russell Brand is all one joke and that joke is his hair. Ok, I get it and I don't think it's funny. I'll put him in the Eddie Izzard pile of unfunny Brits.

Red said...

Russell Brand was quite funny when he was doing the accompanying programme for Big Brother a couple of years ago. But I think he's too hungry for fame, and that has made him become wacky for wackness's sake.

Now he puts me off stuff, but when I stumble upon him on TV I kinda like him, if you know what I mean...

Anonymous said...

He is MASSIVE in the UK.
Check out some of the youtube clips of him in his two DVDs of stand-ups.
Or check out his podcasts: they've been the number one subscribed to podcast on iTunes for months.

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