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Quote from: chip on January 19, 2022, 08:37:26 AMThe Chubby Funster has his tropes, such as the laugh, doing that thing where he starts sentences but doesn't finish them ("that's.... "), or just using words like 'mental' or whatever. Like that laugh may be grating, but hearing it instantly takes me back to a simpler comedy landscape, which he was undoubtedly one of the fat little lords of.So it's ultimately even more insane that this latest effort (not to mention Derek before it) doesn't even feature any of those, and they still lap it up. They're not mainlining any pure Gervais. The One Trick Pony isn't even doing his Trick!
Quote from: olliebean on January 20, 2022, 08:28:10 AMI think Derek is the only thing in which I've seen him not essentially playing himself.
Quote from: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on January 20, 2022, 08:39:39 AMEven then, he lapses into himself on occasion.
Quote from: neveragain on January 20, 2022, 11:46:47 AMI feel really sorry for Tom Basden. Gives a great performance with such a nothingy character.
Quote from: dead-ced-dead on January 20, 2022, 11:51:28 AMHe really is very good, and was really good in Plebs. If they remake Hitch-Hiker's Guide, he'd make a good Arthur Dent.A good comparison to After Life would be Loudermilk, where the lead character has a similar, "fuck it all, I tell it like it is, me," attitude. The difference is, Loudermilk gets called out on his shit ALL THE TIME and it fucks up every good relationship he has going.
Quote from: paruses on January 20, 2022, 11:51:38 AMIf you threw a brick or a very lightweight potted cactus through the rear window of a Range Rover* - would you expect that owner to ring where you work and get your boss to sort it out? Or would you expect a visit from the police and a few hours spent in the custody suite before being bailed to appear?
Quote from: BritishHobo on January 19, 2022, 05:59:44 PMTalking of repeating material, his teary "Definitely." when cancer kid asked if he believed in heaven was just a repeat of the whole thing in The Invention of Lying where he lies to his dying mum to comfort her by telling her there's a heaven.
Quote from: Rich Uncle Skeleton on January 20, 2022, 01:33:01 PMcould always do another series of Ricky Gervais Meets, provided the guests were positively vetted and guaranteed to kiss his arse for an hour.
Quote from: Blue Jam on January 20, 2022, 01:27:24 PMOnly being able to play versions of one's self isn't necessarily a bad thing- it never did Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David any harm. I used to wonder if Gervais may have been able to do a Curb/Lead Balloon/Grandma's House-type show playing an exaggerated version of himself just after the original run of The Office
Quote from: TommyTurnips on January 20, 2022, 03:19:07 PMJust had an idea for a Seinfeld clone called "Gervais". Starring Ricky Gervais as "Ricky", Ashley Jensen as an Elaine type character and Stephen Merchant as a Kramer type character. The show plays exactly the same as Seinfeld but with different characters. Written by Graham Linehan.
Quote from: BritishHobo on January 20, 2022, 04:33:47 PMI always found it very telling when they did Life's Too Short that there was absolutely no sense of fun about Gervais' portrayal of himself, no self-deprecation or anything. Quite the opposite, it was full of quite cringeworthy moments where the script just blew smoke up his arse, with no punchline. Clips of Gervais killing it at an awards gigs, or bits where he humourlessly showed off his awards, or other characters wondering aloud how he was so good at getting away with such dangerous, cutting-edge comedy. Every other celebrity played themselves as silly, or stupid, or rude, but he was the winner in every scene he was in. Very demonstrative.
Quote from: dead-ced-dead on January 20, 2022, 11:32:45 AMI kept thinking that someone would smack or punch Tony in season 3. And I thought that was going to part of the arc. Because all the people he insulted or called a cunt in seasons 1 and 2 were strawmen boogiemen, there was the shield that, "Yes, Tony's horrible, but THEY'RE WORSE. So they deserve it!"None of the people Tony insulted in season 3 deserved it, least of all his brother-in-law. I kept waiting for the moment when the brother-in-law would punch Tony in the face, especially during the squash scenes.Logically this works for both of their arcs. The brother-in-law constantly talks about how looked down upon he is and needs to stand up for himself and Tony realises his "superpower" is false.
Quote from: TheQueensboroBridge on January 20, 2022, 06:16:27 PMI keep remembering bits that were so lazy and bad they had me howling with laughter. The scene where Ashley Jensen's Nurse just bumps into an old flame for instance. How the fuck did that even make the first draft let alone end up being performed by actual people and then filmed and put on screen?
Quote from: paruses on January 20, 2022, 06:57:31 PMWhen his dead wife was alive he must have gone round like Lee Evans in that film where he records his every moment with a bodycam to insure against being falsely accused of a crime again.
Quote from: Blue Jam on January 20, 2022, 01:27:24 PMTo make yet another Coogan comparison, both he and Rob Brydon were still able to laugh at themselves in The Trip. Imagine something like that show with Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington touring branches of Nando's or something... I'd like to think it would have been great but it would probably never have worked back in the day.
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