I first saw Brand on his Comedy Lab show which was god-awful and a poor attempt at Vic Reeve's Big Night Out, which Brand totally admits, it was back in his drug addiction days and not much planning went into things.
But then his RE:Brand shows are absolutely brilliant, he was also on drugs then too but the show seemed to have more focus, more intelligent as well as funny.
Then when he was signed up to do BBBM's he got cleaned up, went to rehab and has now been drug free for 4 years, so you've got to admire him for that a lot of people can't give up the drugs that easy. I did like him on BBBM just for his witty remarks to guests and the audience, I couldn't really care for the "ball bags" stuff though, but as he says been on live every night of the week on a show about Big Brother it's difficult to come up with brand new stuff all the time, so some things recurred every night.
But his radio shows are his best work, the old 6 Music shows were just superb and it looks like that's the form Ponderland are going to take. The Radio 2 shows are great too but are a bit more over-the-place than the 6 Music shows, like this week's for example where it was Russell and Noel Fiedling hosting (he was standing in for Matt Morgan who is on holiday), the show was totally manic and not as good as previous weeks, that could be because I don't like Noel Fielding though.
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