We don’t want to watch a bunch of idiots having a good time. Recently I have been accused of being a shock comic, and cruel and cynical. I’m not one of those people who think that comedy is your conscience taking a day off.
This is of course almost solely due to a few comments I made as host of last year's Golden Globes. My conscience never takes a day off and I can justify everything I do.
Things got off to brilliant start as he joked that his body language was all wrong.
‘I should at least pretend to want to be here’ he quipped as hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield laughed politely.
Network America has to give people a reason to like you not just a reason to watch you. Not everyone will like what I say or find it funny. There are enough comedians who try to please everyone as it is.
In Britain we stop watching things like when the villain is evicted. A perceived wicked streak is somewhat frowned upon. Good luck to them, but that’s not my game, I’m afraid. From , goodness and sweetness, honour and truth, love and friendship always triumph. Oh and for the record I’d rather a waiter say, “Have a nice day” and not mean it, than ignore me and mean it.
As we approach a vote on the UK's membership of the European Union, we look at what 50 writers, actors, historians, artists and comedians have said about Europe and its nations.
David Brent: Life on the Road (writer: "Life on the Road", "Cards We're Dealt", "Ooh La La", "Thank Fuck It's Friday", "Lady Gypsy", "Please Don't Make Fun of the Disableds", "Spaceman", "Equality Street", "Native American", "Lonely Cowboy", "Paris Nights", "Ain't No Trouble", "Slough", "Don't Cry It's Christmas", "Electricity", "Freelove Freeway") - Training (2001) ...
On his Twitter site today, Gervais posted a picture of himself outside an LA plastic surgery clinic, in which he adopted a funny face while holding a fistful of dollars with the caption: 'Some last minute preparation so I don't look out of place at The Golden Globes'. We embrace the underdog until it's no longer the underdog. Brits are told, "It won’t happen for you."There's a received wisdom in the U. We use it as liberally as prepositions in every day speech. We mercilessly take the piss out of people we like or dislike basically. But I think that’s a lot more palatable in Britain for the reasons already stated. As a comedian, I think my job isn’t just to make people laugh but also make them think. Americans say, "have a nice day" whether they mean it or not. We tell ourselves it's because we don't want to sound insincere but I think it might be for the opposite reason. Failure and disappointment lurk around every corner. Americans are brought up to believe they can be the next president of the United States. It shows up in the smarter comedies but Americans don't use it as much socially as Brits. We avoid sincerity until it's absolutely necessary. Our brashness and swagger is laden with equal portions of self-deprecation. This can sometimes be perceived as nasty if the recipients aren't used to it. The irony is of course that I think David Brent’s dark descension and eventual redemption made him all the more compelling. I hate it when a comedian says, “Sorry for what I said.” You shouldn’t say it if you didn’t mean it and you should never regret anything you meant to do.’ Ricky replied: ‘I don’t really because I’ve just seen a dog.’ As Luna was brought to the This Morning sofas, Ricky joked: ‘I’ve got a DVD out, go and buy it, here’s the dog.’ Talk turned to owning pets and Gervais admitted that sadly he didn’t have a dog of his own.‘I travel too much,’ he said, ‘We’ve got a cat and people come and stay and look after it and the cat goes “yeah, whatever”.