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2013-05-14 09:57:38 AM
Is he still an insufferable prick?
 
2013-05-14 09:59:59 AM
Been watching a lot of clips of his show with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington lately. I may have to start downloading his full podcast.


Crewmannumber6: Is he still an insufferable prick?


You're trying too hard, submitter.
 
2013-05-14 10:02:06 AM
I thought that's how tv was over there, and that we're the weird ones who need the same shows regardless of diminishing quality just because that's what we're comfortable with.
 
2013-05-14 10:05:31 AM

Wayne 985: You're trying too hard, submitter.


No, he is an insufferable prick and he's been struggling to find anything funny to do since Extras went off the air. Even the podcast, most of the comedy comes from Pilkington and Merchant.
 
2013-05-14 10:10:22 AM
How horrible it is that everyone is being forced to watch this.

Horrible, I say.
 
2013-05-14 10:13:15 AM
it's no "free love freeway," but it's pretty funny.
 
2013-05-14 10:14:22 AM
Oh, no, the funny man got popular and rich. Quick, better shiat on him.
 
2013-05-14 10:16:19 AM
Eh. He's entitled to have some fun with his character. It's not like he's bringing The Office UK back as a vanity project. It's just some harmless YouTube videos.
 
2013-05-14 10:16:29 AM
You mean the jokes that NBC decided to run with for seven or eight seasons?
 
2013-05-14 10:19:25 AM

Tatsuma: No, he is an insufferable prick and he's been struggling to find anything funny to do since Extras went off the air. Even the podcast, most of the comedy comes from Pilkington and Merchant.


Know him personally, do you?
 
2013-05-14 10:23:19 AM

kronicfeld: Oh, no, the funny man got popular and rich. Quick, better shiat on him.


I also love how people on Fark are always talking about how much they hate celebrities, and then someone comes along who is mean to celebrities, and then they call him an insufferable prick for being mean to celebrities.
 
2013-05-14 10:26:00 AM

Wayne 985: Been watching a lot of clips of his show with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington lately. I may have to start downloading his full podcast.

The HBO cartoon of the Ricky Gervais Show is phenomenal. Largely due to Karl's contributions.

I've never encountered someone that is so unintentionally funny.
 
2013-05-14 10:29:44 AM

FooDog: Wayne 985: Been watching a lot of clips of his show with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington lately. I may have to start downloading his full podcast.

The HBO cartoon of the Ricky Gervais Show is phenomenal. Largely due to Karl's contributions. I've never encountered someone that is so unintentionally funny.


Karl's choice for the Ultimate Animal is a good example.
 
2013-05-14 10:37:53 AM

kronicfeld: Oh, no, the funny man got popular and rich. Quick, better shiat on him.


I was a fan of Gervais back when he was on the 11 O'Clock Show. I listened to him on XFM before the Office was even on the air. I used to wake up every day that his show was on to listen to it on the internet. I've seen him in stand-up shows. I loved him in Extras.

Ever since Extras, he's been struggling really hard to be funny again. The Pilkington show (which is what should be called) is hilarious, but just as it was in the days of XFM, Merchant and Karl were the ones providing the comedy, most of the funny Ricky bits are from him reacting to them rather than him making any actual jokes, he was usually too drunk or too lazy or just mucking around to do anything else.

I'm glad he's had a lot of success, but now that Pilkington is doing his thing on his own, and so is Steve, he's left trying to recapture the buzz and he's revisiting the Office exactly for that reason. For years he complained that he was more than David Brent and he was sick of people asking him about the Office and he was so much more than that.

Well he's seen that most in the public don't really care about the other things he's coming up with, so now he's back doing his Brenth shtick.
 
2013-05-14 10:39:26 AM

FooDog: Wayne 985: Been watching a lot of clips of his show with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington lately. I may have to start downloading his full podcast.

The HBO cartoon of the Ricky Gervais Show is phenomenal. Largely due to Karl's contributions. I've never encountered someone that is so unintentionally funny.


Karl Pilkington is by far the best thing that Ricky Gervais has ever done.  Their HBO show is hilarious.
 
2013-05-14 10:53:25 AM

kronicfeld: Oh, no, the funny man got popular and rich. Quick, better shiat on him.

 
2013-05-14 11:04:08 AM

Marcus Aurelius: FooDog: Wayne 985: Been watching a lot of clips of his show with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington lately. I may have to start downloading his full podcast.

The HBO cartoon of the Ricky Gervais Show is phenomenal. Largely due to Karl's contributions. I've never encountered someone that is so unintentionally funny.

Karl Pilkington is by far the best thing that Ricky Gervais has ever done.  Their HBO show is hilarious.


Seriously. Do people give the Virgin Mary shiat because she only gave the world Jesus?
 
2013-05-14 11:16:11 AM

sigdiamond2000: kronicfeld: Oh, no, the funny man got popular and rich. Quick, better shiat on him.

I also love how people on Fark are always talking about how much they hate celebrities, and then someone comes along who is mean to celebrities, and then they call him an insufferable prick for being mean to celebrities.


It's almost as though those are different people.
 
2013-05-14 11:27:19 AM
Ricky Gervais threads are far more insufferrable than he could ever hope to be.
 
2013-05-14 11:44:47 AM

Tatsuma: Wayne 985: You're trying too hard, submitter.

No, he is an insufferable prick and he's been struggling to find anything funny to do since Extras went off the air. Even the podcast, most of the comedy comes from Pilkington and Merchant.


Hmmm. Since Extras he's done two comedy specials, slimmed down, done a show based on his podcast, produced a new 30 minute show for Warwick Davis, hosted the Golden Globes three times, recorded two original comedy bits for Grand Theft Auto IV, and done a shiat-ton of charity work, among other tv and web stuff that I'm probably not aware of. Yeah, that really sounds like he's "struggling". Why are you on his balls anyway, Tats; he call the Israeli government jerks for blowing up kids or something?
 
2013-05-14 11:48:06 AM

calm like a bomb: Tatsuma: No, he is an insufferable prick and he's been struggling to find anything funny to do since Extras went off the air. Even the podcast, most of the comedy comes from Pilkington and Merchant.

Know him personally, do you?


Gervais raped, murdered, and dismembered a close friend.
 
2013-05-14 12:06:55 PM
Quite the chompers on him.

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2013-05-14 12:16:13 PM
I get a kick out of him.  Sure he doesn't always hit it out of the park but I don't know anybody that does.

He's certainly made me larf a cubic butt-ton more than some of the kings of comedy that are weighing in with his comic obituary.
 
2013-05-14 12:18:01 PM
I enjoy An Idiot Abroad and the mouth breather who is the main character. Gervaisand his laugh is annoying as hell. He isn't funny or likable. The office wasn't that funny. Of course I don't know him but my gut says Gervais is a jerk in real life. I don't buy his schtick.

I want more seasons of An Idiot Abroad.
 
2013-05-14 12:18:40 PM

Tatsuma: kronicfeld: Oh, no, the funny man got popular and rich. Quick, better shiat on him.

I was a fan of Gervais back when he was on the 11 O'Clock Show. I listened to him on XFM before the Office was even on the air. I used to wake up every day that his show was on to listen to it on the internet. I've seen him in stand-up shows. I loved him in Extras.

Ever since Extras, he's been struggling really hard to be funny again. The Pilkington show (which is what should be called) is hilarious, but just as it was in the days of XFM, Merchant and Karl were the ones providing the comedy, most of the funny Ricky bits are from him reacting to them rather than him making any actual jokes, he was usually too drunk or too lazy or just mucking around to do anything else.

I'm glad he's had a lot of success, but now that Pilkington is doing his thing on his own, and so is Steve, he's left trying to recapture the buzz and he's revisiting the Office exactly for that reason. For years he complained that he was more than David Brent and he was sick of people asking him about the Office and he was so much more than that.

Well he's seen that most in the public don't really care about the other things he's coming up with, so now he's back doing his Brenth shtick.


Sadly, you don't know shiat.  He brought Brent back as a ten-year anniversary thing to do for Comic Relief, which is a charity thing they still do over in the UK.  He hasn't been desperately trying to find something funny again,.  His latest work is "Derek." which is a heart-rending and at times hilarious story of a somewhat special middle aged man who works in a nursing home.  It will be on NetFlix soon.  I've seen them all already and it is farking brilliant.  A COMPLETE departure from the roles he is known for.

He has all the money he could ever want, and just does projects he wants to work on.  The Pilkington stuff is hilarious, but it is stuff he does because he wants to world to know Karl Pilkington (much to Karl's chagrin.)  Ricky finds it hilarious to torture Karl.  He isn't doing it because he is out of ideas. And the Ricky Gervais show on HBO is stuff they recorded YEARS ago, that he decided to animate to once again, get Karl fame.  And to get money for old rope, as the saying goes.

Gervais is one of the most fan-friendly stars in the world, and is a workaholic.  He'll be bringing out new stuff for as long as he wants.  If he occasionally goes back to the well to something people loved, who gives a toss?
 
2013-05-14 12:33:03 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Sadly, you don't know shiat.


How is it that I don't know shiat? He hasn't had critical success in terms of comedy since Extras. (Don't bring The Ricky Gervais show, that's just the podcast and a continuation of the radio show that predates Extras). I've seen Derek, it's alright but it's not mindblowing and he's nowhere near the star he was 5 years ago.

AdolfOliverPanties: He isn't doing it because he is out of ideas.


I didn't say he was out of idea, I said he was out of funny ideas. I'm sorry but his series with Warwick was a total bust.

AdolfOliverPanties: , and is a workaholic.


A workhaolic? Are you kidding me? One of the things that Merchant complained the most over the years is that Ricky spends most of his time farking around and not getting up and playing tennis and drinking himself silly.


I don't know why the fark you're being so defensive about this.
 
2013-05-14 12:37:15 PM
Tatsuma is just pissed that Gervais isn't some superstitious wingnut like he is.  Thus you can always count on Tatsuma to threadshiat in a Gervais thread.
 
2013-05-14 12:41:16 PM

IntertubeUser: Tatsuma is just pissed that Gervais isn't some superstitious wingnut like he is. Thus you can always count on Tatsuma to threadshiat in a Gervais thread.


... read past Gervais thread, I was always supportive, I think this is the first time I ever come out and say 'Well yeah Ricky needs to find some new shtick, because he hasn't done something funny in a while now'

But yeah you're right it's because he's not a religious superstitious wingnut and he doesn't come to Israel often enough to bow in front of his masters. Thanks for shiatting up the entertainment tab, you Derek.
 
2013-05-14 12:48:54 PM

thecpt: I thought that's how tv was over there, and that we're the weird ones who need the same shows regardless of diminishing quality just because that's what we're comfortable with.


They don't have enough viewers to justify hiring boardrooms to do the writing.  Ricky wrote every episode and may have very well run out of ideas personally.  The boardroom could have certainly come up with some more good ideas but also would have eventually run it into the ground.
 
2013-05-14 01:04:45 PM

Tatsuma: I don't know why the fark you're being so defensive about this.


I am Ricky Gervais.

Okay, I am not.  But I have seen ZERO evidence that he is an insufferable prick.  Quite the opposite, actually, as I have followed his career for a long time.  About as long as you, it seems.  An animal rights supporter, charity worker and a guy who refuses to pimp out his celebrity just to make money.  He has turned down millions repeatedly for adverts and really only appears in things if they are related to his own work (like the HBO commercial.)  I think he has real integrity.

I do agree that "Life's Too Short" was a disappointment.  It was Warwick Davis playing David Brent, in a way, with guest stars, like on Extras.  But some of those guest spots were hilarious.  No one is going to hit 1.000 with everything they do.  But Gervais is always working. Yeah, he used to laze around a bit when working on The Office, but Merchant didn't complain about that once the show took off and then they did Extras.

Gervais just finished filming on the next Muppet movie, where he is the lead.  He is also doing a movie where he is an Atheist who becomes God or something like that (I forget.)  I'm sure he is working on new stand-up as well, which has ranged from brilliant to decent.
 
2013-05-14 01:15:30 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Okay, I am not. But I have seen ZERO evidence that he is an insufferable prick.


I'll admit that calling him a prick was going too far, but from what I hear he's a nightmare to work with. It was more about the segway into that conversation between those two. He can certainly be too grating once in a while, and I know he was way too into his own celebrity status a while ago, and he was insufferable when he kept talking about just how big he was. He might have toned it down recently, though.

AdolfOliverPanties: I do agree that "Life's Too Short" was a disappointment. It was Warwick Davis playing David Brent, in a way, with guest stars, like on Extras. But some of those guest spots were hilarious. No one is going to hit 1.000 with everything they do. But Gervais is always working. Yeah, he used to laze around a bit when working on The Office, but Merchant didn't complain about that once the show took off and then they did Extras.


Yeah he might be working a lot more nowadays, but I suspect that has a lot more to do with the fact that Merchant seemed to have taken his distance now that his own career is working. I guess he got tired of being a whipping boy.

AdolfOliverPanties: Gervais just finished filming on the next Muppet movie, where he is the lead. He is also doing a movie where he is an Atheist who becomes God or something like that (I forget.) I'm sure he is working on new stand-up as well, which has ranged from brilliant to decent.


See his atheism is something that always grated me, even before I became religious 10 years ago. There are many ways to make jokes about religion that are funny, it's just that his feel really juvenile and the kind of shiat that you'd read on Reddit rather than good comedy about it. I am more than willing to forgive people who take swipes at organized religion if they are funny about it, and not doing it in a 'fark u religious people, soooooo stupid lol!' and that's how a lot of his anti-religious rants and jokes come out like.
 
2013-05-14 01:16:39 PM
Oh and the funniest thing that Ricky has ever done is him and Robin Ince in a room reading his diary.
 
2013-05-14 01:28:20 PM
Tatsuma:

See his atheism is something that always grated me, even before I became religious 10 years ago.

Well there ya go.

Don't you have to go fellate Kirk Cameron or something?
 
2013-05-14 01:31:40 PM
So, I'm NOT allowed to hate him?
 
2013-05-14 01:35:57 PM

Mija: I enjoy An Idiot Abroad and the mouth breather who is the main character. Gervaisand his laugh is annoying as hell. He isn't funny or likable. The office wasn't that funny. Of course I don't know him but my gut says Gervais is a jerk in real life. I don't buy his schtick.

I want more seasons of An Idiot Abroad.


You should check out the animated series HBO did of Ricky Gervais podcast. It aired 2010-2012. It has some of the most brilliant things that Karl Pilkington (The idiot Abroad) has ever uttered. The show is genius.
 
2013-05-14 01:40:08 PM
Sometimes I wish he would shut up about his atheism, but then I see countless athletes, politicians and celebrities basically proselytizing and I wonder how what Gervais does is any different.

The only thing that bugs me about his atheism is that it seems directed at Christianity.  That's fine with me in a sense, as I think all religion is far more dangerous and downright mean than it has any right to be, but atheism IMO should not be focused on any one religion, and most of the time with Gervais, it seems to be.

Then again, if he ridicules Islam, especially in the UK, he may end up getting blown to bits, so maybe he just knows where to choose his battles.
 
2013-05-14 01:47:27 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Sometimes I wish he would shut up about his atheism, but then I see countless athletes, politicians and celebrities basically proselytizing and I wonder how what Gervais does is any different.


Look, I think that people doing the opposite are just as boring. If you are a musician I really want to hear about your music, not really about your unrelated views.

Sadly, when it comes to comedians and especially comedians who used to be on the radio, they suddenly think that they get to talk about everything and that people should just listen to them. Which is ironic, because this is something that Ricky himself use the deride in the early days, mocking celebrities who broadcasted their opinions on politics and religion as full of themselves and hot air.

AdolfOliverPanties: The only thing that bugs me about his atheism is that it seems directed at Christianity. That's fine with me in a sense, as I think all religion is far more dangerous and downright mean than it has any right to be, but atheism IMO should not be focused on any one religion, and most of the time with Gervais, it seems to be.

Then again, if he ridicules Islam, especially in the UK, he may end up getting blown to bits, so maybe he just knows where to choose his battles.


Yeah he picks on the low hanging fruit because he knows its a really easy target, and a really safe one too. The truth is that Ricky is also a bit of a coward when it comes to choosing the targets of his comedy. I mean, even if you look at his Golden Globes appearances, making fun of Mel Gibson is way farking easy.

There was a joke from Robin Ince about Ricky that went along the lines of 'Just like you have signs that says 'If you're smaller than this, you can't enter this ride', you have a sign that says 'If you're taller than this, you can't be in Ricky Gervais's routine'.

He never attacks any target that could bite back or get angry and start shouting at him if they were ever to cross paths.
 
2013-05-14 02:35:45 PM

Wayne 985: Been watching a lot of clips of his show with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington lately. I may have to start downloading his full podcast.


Crewmannumber6: Is he still an insufferable prick?

You're trying too hard, submitter.


Subby's jealous. So are most of the Farkers commenting. It's their own fault for thinking An Idiot Abroad was completely legit and in no way skewed to make Karl look dumber. It's TELEVISION, geniuses. You bring this on yourself. Kim Kardassian: Guess what? Smarter than you.
 
2013-05-14 02:44:00 PM
Was I the only one who didn't like Extras?
It just seemed lazy to me. The celeb cameos were funny but the rest of the show was the same damn formula.
Ricky says something offensive-->His friend repeats it to someone she shouldn't--> cringe

An idiot abroad is awesome, but I find his laugh kinda annoying in it.
 
2013-05-14 02:55:56 PM

Shadowtag: Wayne 985: Been watching a lot of clips of his show with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington lately. I may have to start downloading his full podcast.


Crewmannumber6: Is he still an insufferable prick?

You're trying too hard, submitter.

Subby's jealous. So are most of the Farkers commenting. It's their own fault for thinking An Idiot Abroad was completely legit and in no way skewed to make Karl look dumber. It's TELEVISION, geniuses. You bring this on yourself. Kim Kardassian: Guess what? Smarter than you.


I'm not the submitter, but i still don't like Ricky Gervais, though I did like Extras from time to time
 
2013-05-14 03:21:22 PM
I hope Ricky finds a way to nuke Israel. Just to see tats reaction.
 
2013-05-14 03:45:42 PM

Tatsuma: He never attacks any target that could bite back or get angry and start shouting at him if they were ever to cross paths.


It is because he isn't mean.  And he doesn't do things to offend unless he felt offended first (like with religion.)  He only "attacks" targets that should be able to take it, like the Golden Globes audience of pampered celebs.

Crewmannumber6: Kim Kardassian: Guess what? Smarter than you.


No.  No she isn't.  She's an unprincipled whore with a greed that is astounding, and in THAT she may be very effective, but that girl is dumb as a bag of wet mice.
 
2013-05-14 03:54:40 PM

thecpt: I thought that's how tv was over there, and that we're the weird ones who need the same shows regardless of diminishing quality just because that's what we're comfortable with.


This is called American Exceptionalism and is usually ignorant, whether pro or con.  In this particular instance, we see the best of British tv, so we think it is somehow superior, overall, to American television.  This would be misguided, at best.
 
2013-05-14 04:06:42 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: It is because he isn't mean. And he doesn't do things to offend unless he felt offended first (like with religion.) He only "attacks" targets that should be able to take it, like the Golden Globes audience of pampered celebs.


Actually that's all he is is mean.

Taking on pampered celebs is one thing, but the whole vibe of Idiot Abroad is him just being a bully and a dick to Karl.

I originally enjoyed the HBO podcast show because it was silly banter and Karl's odd take on topics, but it devolved into Ricky just being an asshole to Karl and then that was amplified in the Idiot Abroad show.
 
2013-05-14 04:15:40 PM

Tatsuma: I am more than willing to forgive people who take swipes at organized religion if they are funny about it, and not doing it in a 'fark u religious people, soooooo stupid lol!' and that's how a lot of his anti-religious rants and jokes come out like.


I suppose when you worship somebody who was nailed, everybody else looks like a hammer to you.
 
2013-05-14 04:23:24 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Crewmannumber6: Kim Kardassian: Guess what? Smarter than you.

No.  No she isn't.  She's an unprincipled whore with a greed that is astounding, and in THAT she may be very effective, but that girl is dumb as a bag of wet mice.


How the fark did I get credit for defending that whore?
 
2013-05-14 05:08:44 PM

MugzyBrown: Actually that's all he is is mean.

Taking on pampered celebs is one thing, but the whole vibe of Idiot Abroad is him just being a bully and a dick to Karl.

I originally enjoyed the HBO podcast show because it was silly banter and Karl's odd take on topics, but it devolved into Ricky just being an asshole to Karl and then that was amplified in the Idiot Abroad show.


Karl is Ricky's best friend.  Moreso than Steve Merchant.  They hang out together all the time.  Yeah, it may seem that some of what he does is pretty messed up, but there is nothing Ricky would do that would actually hurt him.  And Karl has parlayed that bit part of occasionally speaking his mind on the old Xfm radio shows into being a millionaire.  That round headed manc twat is laughing all the way to the bank.

Head like a farking orange, money like a farking boss.
 
2013-05-14 05:32:32 PM
It's better than what the American show has declined into, the America's Sweethearts:  The Adorable Jim and Pam Sweethearts, They're So Adorable It Will Warm Your Heart Show.  And as of last week, the Adorable Dwight and Angela Sweethearts Show.

There just is no bottom for that show.
 
2013-05-14 05:44:13 PM
If reddit is to be believed, I'm just amazed he took the time out of his busy schedule of making fun of christianity on twitter.
 
2013-05-14 06:03:48 PM
I quite enjoy the comedy stylings of Ricky Gervais.
 
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