British comedy figure Steve Coogan is one of the team
behind this collection of 14 short episodes (around 13 minutes each) on
various themes, directed by Roger Pomphrey. The episodes are: 1.
Relationships; 2. Crime; 3. Work; 4. Parents; 5. Families; 6. Shopping;
7. Sex; 8. Animals; 9. Weekends & Weather; 10. Exercise; 11. Travel; 12.
Nightlife; 13. Food; and 14. Surreal.
Some of the comedians featured are Noel Fielding, Jimmy
Carr, Alan Carr, Gina Yashmere and Alex Zane. It is essentially a chance
for the talent to speak down the barrel of the camera, stand-up style.
The fast editing and camera work keep the pace cracking. I like the idea
of themes because otherwise, three hours of amorphous comedy could have
It will soon be a decade old, but I didnít find the jokes
dated. While the first to admit to never having been to stand up, and
much preferring scripted comedy (30 Rock or Curb Your
Enthusiasm come to mind), I found Brain Candy quite viewable.
These guys and girls think quick and do some amazing tricks with words
and language. Itís funny in parts and engaging. All the segments are
shot in Britain and most the comedians are British. This doesnít mean
viewers in Australia wonít relate.
Sound and video are TV quality and there are no special
featuresóI doubt thereídíve been room on the disc!