Thursday, January 20, 2011


Ricky Gervais is shown during the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP / Paul Drinkwater)
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Just a note to say that I think Ricky Gervais comes off like a smug asshole. How many maladjusted goofballs have you known who suffer from the delusion that it's their task to Speak- Truth- to -Power with stream if pedestrian vulgarity who haven't the slightest inkling that those they would enlighten would prefer to slap the shit out of them?He attacks all the sacred cows that need to be slaughtered, but in this day what is considered sacrosanct is profaned on a regular basis, but better wits. Gervais seems to be the last one on stage on an unending amateur night, telling his dirty jokes to a room full of empty chairs. There is something desperate in is need to offend, to be shocking, to seem edgy. He is, finally, as big an example of Grandstanding Moronics as Dane Cook, a comedian who would be funnier if he practiced Mime in an unlit supply closet.

3 comments:

  1. I am definitely not an expert on contemporary TV comedy, but I must say that Gervais's version of The Office was excellent, genuinely fresh and funny (at least by American TV standards). If he seems like a smug a-hole, well, doesn't TV culture seem to draw that out of most people? Humility and taste are about as in demand as a VCR manufacturing concession. I don't think it's beyond possibility that Ricky will do something worthwhile in the future (more so than the Invention of Lying), even if you have no use for his red apple juice at the moment.

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  2. I had actually written that short snort of snottiness after watching a television special of his on HBO, a concert of his stand up comedy. I do admit to liking his sit com "Extras" and the episodes of the British version of "The Office", which he created and starred in; in those efforts he is constrained to fashion a storyline and to have plausible characters interacting as they try to figure out whatever bedevilment has befallen them that week. That requires more work, and Gervais, it seems, can be quite good when he puts in the effort. The stand up comedy, though, was vulgar and puerile, and I kept waiting for him to transcend his obsession with reducing every absurdity to a subllimation of a sexual kink and utter something wise, something smart, something truly funny; let us say the shadow of Rudy Ray Moore , George Carlin and Woody Woodbury is something he cannot out run no matter how much he cusses. The news of the Golden Globes, which happened two days after I posted my first squib against this smirking lime sucker, sealed the deal. Watching the event after the fact, on videos posted on the internet, I couldn't help but think that he looks like someone who is anticipating a fevered response to the insults was about to lay at everyone's feet. His conspicuous eagerness to displease gave his whole game away.

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  3. Now that I think of it, Ricky has some of the nervously snarky qualities of Bob Hope. I think he should be cast in the lead of a remake of Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!, with Kathy Griffin in a fright wig taking the Phyllis Diller role. Who should be the new Harry Von Zell?

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