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A few reviews of Russell Brand gigs from the past year(s)

Brand X Live Recording @ The Duchess

15th March 2013 – Abbie Cairns

 

So we get to the Duchess after getting lost for a bit and first going to the wrong theatre, everyone seems all excited and crazy - a sea of faces I didn’t recognise, then I see Gee amongst the chaos and it all feels a bit real, I then bump into Danny (nice faces to see)

We meet an American guy who works on the she, all enthusiastic and that which sheets of paper for problems that Russell would tackle during the show.

We get into the theatre and the set looks rather cool and exactly like it does on tv, strange that. Sitting about for a fair while then Russell is announced and he stoles on and talks about the set-up, tells us to cheer louder than normal (I don’t think that was needed, he could do nothing and people would cheer).

The show still hasn’t started but Russell is here talking; he mentions the new pope, if he hadn’t I would of felt cheated of money. He goes on about it not being a surprise ‘it’s always an old man with a beard’

Then he talked about Jimmy Seville, ‘he kinda makes sense now, before when I was a kid he didn’t make sense but now he does’. He also mentioned (which at the time I hadn’t heard but have now read in a newspaper - thank god or the DM would of had a field day) that Rolf Harris is being questioned now also - the crown gasp ‘don’t blame me’ Russell exclaims

He then has to find a problem he can solve on air with David Icke and Jon Ronson; I offer myself up, as an art student what I am meant to do with my life, apparently that’s too complex for a TV show. They settle on a girl whose roommate has loud sex next to the kitchen. During this section Russell is also confronted with a crow’s foot necklace - he wasn’t a fan of it but as always tried his hardest to be lovely to the girl.

He also had an electrician device he planned to use during the show on Icke if he over ran on answering questions and picked an audience member to test it out and in true Russell fashion, the only place he could possible do with was on her boobs, alas it didn’t work, so he settles for her arm.

It’s the start of the actual tv show now, Russell goes off so he can make his entrance, walks back on, we cheers. He feeds chocolate right in the mouth of a girl wearing a mask of the queen’s face (I don’t really know why - why not!). It seems like he’d only been on a few minutes, explaining what’s coming up on the show, mentioning his in London then from the corner of my eye I see Garth making hand gestures and that’s in we are on a break!

He chats to the audience during the break starts to tell a story about Morrissey but gets cut short because before you know it we are back on to film.

Out comes David Icke, Russell cuts to the chase, ‘do you mind if we talk about lizards’. He recalls a convocation he had with Noel G, I quote which I can’t really remember, but the essence of it being that no-one cared about anything other than the lizards.

There was then another break, Russell and David talk amongst themselves, I ponder what the TV show to advert ratio is.

Back to the show, Russell has devised a quiz for David. This quiz being pictures on people’s faces, he then had to tell us if they were a lizard or not; Kate Middleton, apparently so.

Another break, this time we are joined by Jon Ronson - I like him. They are going on about the Psychopath test (his book). Russell apparently fits the bill alarmingly. Luckily he can empathise, else we’d have a real problem on own hands!

I think this was the break that Russell demanded Bananas - the first offering was all gone off and ended up in Garth’s t-shirt pocket; while on stage Garth was trying to tell Russell something, information about what’s coming up, Russell took this as an opportunity for some laughs ‘is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me’ trying to kiss him ect. it was one of the highlights of the night for me. The information he was trying to convey being that they wanted to end the show with Russell leading everyone outside into the streets of London - ‘Citin

It was now time to meet a crew member; I think he was called Sam. I wasn’t invested in that part of the show. David and Jon joined Russell to solve the pre picked problem, and I think they over ran as Garth’s hand gestures where getting increasingly manic. They solved the problem by bring the girls of stage and ringing the respective girls boyfriend. ‘I think this problem will resolve it’s self in a few weeks’.

It was now time to march in to the streets, bit chaotic!

All in all, a strange, but enjoyable experience, It was nice seeing Russ in a different more structured context. The one thing I can’t get over is the amount of adverts!

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A few reviews of Russell Brand gigs from the past year(s)

Russell Brand A Night Of Spontaneous Comedy @ Lyric Hammersmith

13th May 2012 – Abbie Cairns

 

The night started 8pm sharp (I know actually on time, at a Russell gig). We first had the wonderful Mister Gee share his poetry and comedy, a perfect way to start the night. He preformed two poems; a penny for your thoughts and beauty and the beast. After 20minutes or so Gee’s time came to an end we clapped and cheered and he joked ‘save it for someone who deserves it’. And with that he introduced the man him self, Mr Brand!

 

Russell was a ball of energy. He preformed for an hour and a half-ish; he started the gig the same way he always does, lifted the lights and wondered around the stalls; hugging and kissing people as he went but all too briefly he was back on stage. He talked of ho he missed England, as he can talk to us about English things the American audiences don’t under stand, such as West Ham, Blue Peter and Jim’ll Fix It. He carried on babbling ob about English things from about 20 years ago (which went right over my head) and many others, this lead Russell to realise he was ‘old now’.

 

The gig was set at the Lyric Hammersmith which is currently sowing the production ‘three kingdoms’ – a play about sex trafficking. As Russell does when ever there’s a set on stage he played around with it. A boy in the audience shouted out he was in the play and Russell talked to him for a while about it. Russell disappeared into the layers of the set to come back dressed as a dinner lady with a red suit case.

 

He read from news paper article and pulled them apart, as he always does. He then read one about him self from the daily(fail)mail from when he talked in parliament which depicted him as ‘prancing’ in to parliament, he took this opportunity to prance around the stage for a while. During this section he mention that Noel Gallagher had said to him regarding his outfit, que Russell’s impression of Noels voice, something to the effect of ‘don’t you think you took it too far wearing a top with holes in to make your point’. The daily mail also pointed slated Russ for making jokes while in parliament, ‘Mr Brand I hear you’ve been arrested roughly 12 times’ ‘yes it was rough’. Russell was pleased with his quick wit. He told us in situations which feel like school, such as this he just wanted to shout ‘fuck off’ at them but managed not to. He told us he was in the UK to do some filming for his BBC Three documentary on drugs; which he later mentioned looking t Amy Winehouse for. He also told us he had gone to do a ‘say no to drugs’ talk at a school, to children he described as too smart.

 

Some of the material has been used before but he delivered it with such energy that I still laughed. Talking of the news he talked of how they set out to scare us; he commented on the American news channel Fox, and joked that he had not once heard a story about a fox while watching fox. He done the whole ‘THERE ARE IMAGRANTS’ joke, ‘THERE ARE THEM, THERE ARE NOT NOT THEM’ ending with ‘gypsy snow’ – ‘don’t make a snowman in your garden, it might come alive and fuck your children’ he paused, ‘I hope you all like carrots’.

 

He also talked about paedophiles for a rather long time, suggesting grooming isn’t the nicest word before coming to the conclusion no word which has that meaning would be nice. Once again going back to the scaremongering news reporters, he wondered why he had to be scared of paedophiles as he is a grown adult man, ‘im not the innocent canvas they hope for’ he pointed out before proceeding to show us sex moves for the next 5-10 minutes, at which point he told us his mother, Babs was in tonight.

 

He wrapped up with a Q and A and promised to come and cuddle, kiss and sign us.

 

Questions (of what I can remember)

 

Q – Where’s Matt

A – The lazy bastard is at home writing something (he said he and matt would defiantly do something together in the future

 

Q – When will you be home next?

A – Next month for Rock of Ages (he said he wasn’t all too excited about it, in till a lot of the audience cheered and clapped)

 

Q – Any more gigs?

A – He said something about a UK tour

 

Q – something about Tattoos

A – on his arm are the seven sacra’s, back of his arm west ham, im side of his arm Oscar Wild quote ‘if you don’t make people laugh they will kill you (he said that when Matt saw this tattoo he went, ‘well that isn’t true and now you’ve got it on your arm for the rest of your life’)

 

After the gig he came out as promised, but is was chaotic and scary! It was very rock star, at one point he broke the ceiling causing a huge strip of plastic to fall on our heads, then he started swinging the lighting fixtures! He did say for a while, but that kind of meet is defiantly not my cup of tea!

 

This is all I can remember, I’ve probably missed so much out!

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Review of BrandX with Russell Brand 14th March 2013

So we get to the Dutchess after getting lost for a bit and first going to the wrong theatre, everyone seems all excited and crazy - a sea of faces I didn’t recognise, then I see Gee amongst the chaos and it all feels a bit real, I then bump into Danny (nice faces to see)

We meet an American guy who works on the she, all enthusiastic and that which sheets of paper for problems that Russell would tackle during the show.

We get into the theatre and the set looks rather cool and exactly like it does on tv, strange that. Sitting about for a fair while then Russell is announced and he stoles on and talks about the set up, tells us to cheer louder then normal (I don’t think that was needed, he could do nothing and people would cheer).

The show still hasn’t started but Russell is here talking; he mentions the new pope, if he hadn’t I would of felt cheated of money. He goes on about it not being a surprise ‘its always an old man with a beard’ 

Then he talked about Jimmy Savile, ‘he kinda makes sense now, before when I was a kid he didn’t make sense but now he does’. He also mentioned (which at the time I hadn’t heard but have now read in a news paper - thank god or the dm would of had a field day) that Rolf Harris is being questioned now also - the crown gasp ‘don’t blame me’ Russell exclaims

He then has to find a problem he can solve on air with David Icke and Jon Ronson; I offer myself up, as an art student what am I meant to do with my life, apparently that’s too complex for a tv show. They settle on a girls whose room mate has loud sex next to the kitchen. During this section Russell is also confronted with a crows foot necklace - he wasn’t a fan of it but as always tried his hardest to be lovely to the girl.

He also had an electrician device he planned to use during the show on Icke if he over ran on answering questions and picked an audience member to test it out and in true Russell fashion, the only place he could possible do with was on her boobs, alas it didn’t work, so he settles for her arm.

Its the start of the actual tv show now, Russell goes off so he can make his entrance, walks back on, we cheers. He feeds chocolate right in the mouth of a girl wearing a mask of the queens face (I don’t really know why - why not!). It seems like he’d only been on a few minutes, explaining what’s coming up on the show, mentioning his in london then from the corner of my eye I see Garth making hand gestures and that’s in we are on a break!

He chats to the audience during the break starts to tell a story about Morrissey but gets cut short because before you know it we are back on to film.

Out comes David Icke, Russell cuts to the chase, ‘do you mind if we talk about lizards’. He recalls a convocation he had with Noel G, I quote which I can’t really remember, but the essence of it being that no-one cared about anything other than the lizards. 

There was then another break, Russell and David talk amongst themselves, I ponder what the tv show to advert ratio is.

Back to the show, Russell has devised a quiz for David. This quiz being pictures on peoples faces, he then had to tell us if they where a lizard or not; Kate Middleton, apparently so.

Another break, this time we are joined by Jon Ronson - I like him. They are going on about the Psychopath test (his book). Russell apparently fits the bill alarmingly. Luckily he can empathise, else we’d have a real problem on own hands! 

I think this was the break that Russell demanded Bananas - the first offering was all gone off and ended up in Garth’s t-shirt pocket; while on stage Garth was trying to tell Russell something, information about what’s coming up, Russell took this as an opportunity for some laughs ‘is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me’ trying to kiss him ect. it was one of the highlights of the night for me. The information he was trying to convey being that they wanted to end the show with Russell leading everyone outside into the streets of London - ‘Citin

It was now time to meet a crew member, I think he was called sam. I wasn’t invested in that part of the show. David and Jon joined Russell to solve the pre picked problem, and I think they over ran as Garth’s hand gestures where getting increasingly manic. They solved the problem by bring the girls of stage and ringing the respective girls boyfriend. ‘I think this problem will resolve its self in a few weeks’.

It was now time to march in to the streets, bit chaotic! 

All in all a strange but enjoyable experience. It was nice seeing Russ in a different more structured context. The one thing I can’t get over is the amount of adverts!   

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