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(Short List)   David Brent The Movie is happening in 2015 - expect Steve Carell's Michael Scott movie reply sometime in 2017   (shortlist.com) divider line 19
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2014-08-05 11:06:32 AM  
Oh, this indeed very good news. David Brent is the epitome of Fark

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2014-08-05 01:20:42 PM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Oh, this indeed very good news. David Brent is the epitome of Fark

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You mean everyone on Fark chooses lager as their tipple?

/except for the bony, weak, effeminate, blonde members of the US National Guard who sometimes choose cider?
 
2014-08-05 01:28:42 PM  
Ummmm...K?
 
2014-08-05 01:30:46 PM  
Wow, Ricky really can't let go of the idea that he's never made it as a singer himself so he's having yet another go using a surrogate. Check out the concerts Ricky did as David Brent on Youtube. There's no irony...it really is Ricky trying to be a pop star.
 
2014-08-05 01:43:24 PM  
The Steve Carell/Michael Scott version stops being funny about 12 minutes after the start of the film, yet has an astounding 438 minute run time, and Micheal Scott isn't even in the last hour.
 
2014-08-05 01:54:50 PM  
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2014-08-05 02:06:37 PM  
Last night I watched that Youtube video with him, Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK sitting around chatting. I thought it was pretty good -- they all have different styles and spend a bit of time talking about the process that goes into their acts.

One major disagreement they had was Gervais hates using "easy" material, or stuff that's guaranteed to get a laugh. He always wants to challenge people by providing a performance that's imaginative and unique to his own persona. The other three guys disagreed, claiming that sometimes a crowd wants the "easy" laugh and responds well to it, and there's nothing wrong with giving them what they want. But Gervais refused to cede that point, which makes this Brent movie particularly interesting and/or ironic, I suppose.
 
2014-08-05 02:54:31 PM  

DeltaPunch: Last night I watched that Youtube video with him, Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK sitting around chatting. I thought it was pretty good -- they all have different styles and spend a bit of time talking about the process that goes into their acts.

One major disagreement they had was Gervais hates using "easy" material, or stuff that's guaranteed to get a laugh. He always wants to challenge people by providing a performance that's imaginative and unique to his own persona. The other three guys disagreed, claiming that sometimes a crowd wants the "easy" laugh and responds well to it, and there's nothing wrong with giving them what they want. But Gervais refused to cede that point, which makes this Brent movie particularly interesting and/or ironic, I suppose.


This only cements my perception of Gervais as someone whose work I respect but do not enjoy.  For me,
it seems like in the end he's being very selfish, even if he justifies it as trying to challenge the audience.
 
2014-08-05 03:03:36 PM  
That's what she said!
 
2014-08-05 03:07:13 PM  

DeltaPunch: Last night I watched that Youtube video with him, Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK sitting around chatting. I thought it was pretty good -- they all have different styles and spend a bit of time talking about the process that goes into their acts.

One major disagreement they had was Gervais hates using "easy" material, or stuff that's guaranteed to get a laugh. He always wants to challenge people by providing a performance that's imaginative and unique to his own persona. The other three guys disagreed, claiming that sometimes a crowd wants the "easy" laugh and responds well to it, and there's nothing wrong with giving them what they want. But Gervais refused to cede that point, which makes this Brent movie particularly interesting and/or ironic, I suppose.


Which makes it kind of odd that he would reprise a character 15-20 years old.  But I get where he's coming from; kind of like an aging musician who gets stuck doing a Greatest Hits tour instead of the work he's most proud of that he did recently but it didn't sell.  Or an author stuck writing sequels to a super-popular book that they now despise, while their other work which they favor goes unread.  Or Dave Chappelle's reaction to a "request" - that basically he's not a farking jukebox.
 
2014-08-05 03:11:56 PM  

Billy Liar: DeltaPunch: Last night I watched that Youtube video with him, Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK sitting around chatting. I thought it was pretty good -- they all have different styles and spend a bit of time talking about the process that goes into their acts.

One major disagreement they had was Gervais hates using "easy" material, or stuff that's guaranteed to get a laugh. He always wants to challenge people by providing a performance that's imaginative and unique to his own persona. The other three guys disagreed, claiming that sometimes a crowd wants the "easy" laugh and responds well to it, and there's nothing wrong with giving them what they want. But Gervais refused to cede that point, which makes this Brent movie particularly interesting and/or ironic, I suppose.

Which makes it kind of odd that he would reprise a character 15-20 years old.  But I get where he's coming from; kind of like an aging musician who gets stuck doing a Greatest Hits tour instead of the work he's most proud of that he did recently but it didn't sell.  Or an author stuck writing sequels to a super-popular book that they now despise, while their other work which they favor goes unread.  Or Dave Chappelle's reaction to a "request" - that basically he's not a farking jukebox.


It does seem like he is trying to hang on to that one character that made him crazy famous (and the show that made him filthy rich). I mean there was that concert for Diana special a few years ago, and due to a glitch in production Ricky had to fill some time. Now rather than doing something new, he busted out that dance he did on The Office and the Freelove Freeway song.
 
2014-08-05 03:39:06 PM  
.  A real comedy legend doesn't just hang onto one comedic character or personality for years .... other than Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd,  Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers,  The Three Stooges, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Peter Sellers, Slim Pickens, Leslie Nielson, etc
 
2014-08-05 03:40:08 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: DeltaPunch: Last night I watched that Youtube video with him, Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK sitting around chatting. I thought it was pretty good -- they all have different styles and spend a bit of time talking about the process that goes into their acts.

One major disagreement they had was Gervais hates using "easy" material, or stuff that's guaranteed to get a laugh. He always wants to challenge people by providing a performance that's imaginative and unique to his own persona. The other three guys disagreed, claiming that sometimes a crowd wants the "easy" laugh and responds well to it, and there's nothing wrong with giving them what they want. But Gervais refused to cede that point, which makes this Brent movie particularly interesting and/or ironic, I suppose.

This only cements my perception of Gervais as someone whose work I respect but do not enjoy.  For me,
it seems like in the end he's being very selfish, even if he justifies it as trying to challenge the audience.


Yeah, same here. E.g., his "Animals" show is a good example of him trying to do this, and I do respect it. I'm just not a huge fan. Probably my favorite thing he did was that podcast where he and the other guy ask Pilkington to comment on various things.
 
2014-08-05 03:43:55 PM  

Samsquantch: The Steve Carell/Michael Scott version stops being funny about 12 minutes after the start of the film, yet has an astounding 438 minute run time, and Micheal Scott isn't even in the last hour.


I agree with this analogy but then that means the David Brent movie is only 10 minutes long.
 
2014-08-05 03:47:39 PM  
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2014-08-05 03:51:38 PM  
Shoot! Wrong thread. Sorry!
 
2014-08-05 03:54:08 PM  
DjangoStonereaver:

This only cements my perception of Gervais as someone whose work I respect but do not enjoy.  For me,
it seems like in the end he's being very selfish, even if he justifies it as trying to challenge the audience.


So, a performer/artist/however you wanna put it is selfish if he/she does only the work he/she wishes to do, as he/she wishes to do it?
 
2014-08-05 04:12:35 PM  

EyeballKid: DjangoStonereaver:

This only cements my perception of Gervais as someone whose work I respect but do not enjoy.  For me,
it seems like in the end he's being very selfish, even if he justifies it as trying to challenge the audience.

So, a performer/artist/however you wanna put it is selfish if he/she does only the work he/she wishes to do, as he/she wishes to do it?


Well..... Yes.  The audience is (or should be) part of every performer's calculous, running the spectrum of
full-blown pandering (a la a cabaret compare or game show host) to complete contempt (Miles Davis,
producers of Reality TV). I think good performers ultimately are out to please themselves, but do at least
have an awareness of how what they do will go over with an audience.

I think my personal hang up is that Gervais has always been touted as a comedian, when really he's
more of a performance artist.
 
2014-08-05 11:57:54 PM  
I loved the ricky Gervais show on hbo with stephen merchant and Carl pilkington.
 
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