July 30, 2012 12:00 PM

BrandX with Russell Brand

FX, Thursdays, 11 p.m. ET/PT |


British comedian-actor Russell Brand natters on in a high, frantic voice, but he’s also loopily clever and capable of being very funny. Yet this late-night project, which sets him in front of a studio audience and lets him riff on politics, sex and weird headlines, suggests that a solo show isn’t right for him. He’s a carousel that won’t slow down to let you on. He’s best when he pauses to chat with his unusual sidekick, political-financial expert Matt Stoller, who sits off to the side like a good student watching the class clown get all the attention.

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