Ricky Gervais

Why Can’t Ricky Gervais Leave David Brent Alone?

It’s hard to remember now, but when the UK original version of The Office, starring co-creator and co-writer Ricky Gervais, first aired in 2001, it was a revelation — a wickedly funny, desperately sad mockumentary style look into the denizens of one paper-pushing company. It was the loneliness and desperation that burned through the screen, whether it was big boss David Brent’s (played by Gervais) attempts at fame and friendship or Tim’s (Martin Freeman’s) fight for something like love and sanity. It was a marvelous work, equal parts comedy and tragedy, certainly worthy of (high) placement in the all-time-best-show-ever pantheon. Gervais played the role of Brent so well that it felt like he was Brent, at times. The show felt lived in and accurate about the daily misery of the working man. It was not a show made by people who had no idea what it was like to be in an office job that could maybe become your life; rather, it was steeped in that existential terror. … Read More

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In Praise of Patton Oswalt, Brave Twitter Warrior

Yesterday, on Twitter, comedian and activist Patton Oswalt delivered an astounding series of tweets that, had the words been spoken from a stage, would have been called performance art instead of stand-up comedy. Yes, Oswalt has elevated himself from comic to one of the nation’s — nay, the planet’s — greatest cultural critics, taking a stand for free speech and the right to make jokes about every taboo subject while at the same time squashing the words of every Social Justice Warrior and PC Policeperson on the Internet. Fellow comedian Ricky Gervais, who regularly encourages his followers to broaden their minds with his balanced, levelheaded discussion of religion, called Oswalt “the bravest and uncompromisingly brilliant tweeter out there.” It’s true; Oswalt is extremely courageous, taking a stand from behind his keyboard against the indignities he’s suffered at the hands of overly sensitive marginalized Twitter communities. … Read More

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‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Is Mostly Delightful, But Needs More Tina Fey

So, how odd is it that a Disney-produced Muppet movie has turned out to be the best cinematic vehicle to date for the considerable talents and charms of one Elizabeth Stamatina Fey? As Nadya, the stern head of a Russian gulag in Muppets Most Wanted, Tina Fey is funny and charming as hell, looks amazing, rocks an amusingly Boris-and-Natasha-esque accent, and shows off a surprisingly lovely singing voice in one of the picture’s best production numbers. That’s the good news for Fey fans; the bad is that she’s also woefully underutilized by the film, where she doesn’t turn up until the 30-minute mark and ends up with far less screen time than Ricky Gervais and even Ty Burrell. But that kind of mixed-bag assessment is typical of Most Wanted, though at least the film owns it, kicking off by lyrically acknowledging, “everyone knows the sequel’s never quite as good.” … Read More

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‘NY Post’ Wants to Know: What’s With All the Ladies at the Golden Globes?

It is increasingly rare, in this day and age, to observe stark, raw, pure sexism in the pages of a major metropolitan newspaper. Oh, it’s there, don’t get me wrong — but writers and editors usually have the good sense to filter it through obfuscating language and rhetorical devices, leaving readers to dig out the subtext themselves. And that’s what’s sort of remarkable about Kyle Smith’s New York Post review of the Golden Globes, which became yesterday’s essential hate-read: this shit is pure as the driven snow. This is uncut. If it were cocaine, it’d be sitting in a mountainous pile on Tony Montana’s desk. … Read More

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The Golden Globes’ Most Memorable WTF Moments: A Retrospective

The Golden Globes are on Sunday night, giving us our yearly chance to drink along (in spirit) with famous people. It’s a night when the bold-faced names in Hollywood get to loosen up and laugh at themselves (albeit not too hard), aided by their friends from Moet & Chandon. Naturally, all of that social lubrication means we get a pretty wacky three-hour awards show (rather than the increasingly stuffy and overwrought Oscars). Here are a few memorable moments of craziness from Golden Globes past.  … Read More

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Hilarious Portraits of Comedy Legends From Matt Hoyle’s ‘Comic Genius’

Celebrity photographer Matt Hoyle’s wonderful new book Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People (out today from Chronicle Books) gathers over 130 of comedy’s biggest legends for portraits that are funny, clever, and downright gorgeous. Of his desire to create the project, Hoyle told Flavorwire, “I love comedy and decided to do the book to make a sort of photo album of all the times I’ve laughed in my life. So I naively made a wishlist and we spent the last year and a half begging, bugging and shooting as many of those names that said yes.” Some of our favorites from the book are collected after the jump. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Ricky Gervais unveils his new Netflix show and a classic summer series goes off the air for good. … Read More

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A Selection of Hilariously Unlikely Celebrity Doppelgängers

Folks, our friends at BuzzFeed recently discovered something remarkable: Ricky Gervais, at one point, looked exactly like David Bowie. Can you believe it? Of course we’re well aware that everyone has a doppelgänger or six running around, but Bowie and Gervais? We definitely didn’t see that one coming. Inspired by such an unlikely set of matching faces, we decided to do a bit of digging and unearth even more pairs of odd celebrity doppelgängers. Check ‘em out after the jump, and hit the comments to offer up any other unexpected couples. … Read More

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