Ricky Gervais Live IV - Science [DVD]
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The hilarious fourth live stand up show from Ricky Gervais. Ricky Gervais Live IV – Science, filmed live from the London Hammersmith HMV Apollo 2010.
“Ricky Gervais is the height of modern entertainment.” John Cleese
“Ricky Gervais absolutely kills me every time I see him.” Jerry Seinfeld
“One of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen.” Chris Rock
“A total original…some kind of genius in human observation” Billy Connolly
“Tasteless and unfunny” The Daily Mail
Subtitles: English SDH
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This was woeful stuff. While large parts of 'Animals' and 'Politics' had me in stitches and left me with watery eyes and snot running out of my nose, the best I could say for this is that I smiled a few times.
It was already going badly downhill with 'Fame', but now I'm actually embarrassed on Ricky's behalf. He's turned into David Brent welcoming the Swindon lot by trying to be funny, and just making a complete prat of himself in the process. He now comes across as a multi, multi, multi, multi millionaire who simply doesn't care enough any more since he doesn't need the money and he knows people will come to his gigs anyway because he's been on the telly and in movies a lot.
Where before his routines were always un-PC and a bit shocking - but also very clever and funny, now he seems to be simply going for pure shock value. I'm sure you'll think of the line about drink driving and the granny (a gag lifted almost verbatim from one of the Derek and Clive albums BTW) He's now trying to be a cross between a shock comedian and a clever one who analyses his own show, but rather than taking the best from both genres he's taking the worse of both, and you end with with poorly constructed sick jokes done for their own sake, and then a little knowing nod and wink as if that's somehow supposed to make it hilarious. All the cleverness is gone, and with it the humour.Read more ›
Oh we've all heard him talk about how brilliant he is, and this was all said as part of a joke. And yes I used to laugh. Now though I'm starting to realise that this "parody" of being arrogant is really just an outlet for his real deap-seated arrogance. But if you want to fork out your hard-earned cash on a DVD telling you how brilliant and loaded the comedian is then knock yourself out.
And as to Susan Boyle. Of all the talentless Z-list celebrities out there why have a go at someone who can at least sing? And why pick on her because of her looks? This is where Gervais reveals his hypocrisy. He believes it's all right for us to make fun of fat people because "they did it to themselves" but wrong to make fun of gays because they were born that way. It's all down to choice according to Gervais. So what "choice" did Susan Boyle have? Did she choose to be a "mong" as Gervais describes her? And is it really acceptible for anyone, comedian or otherwise, to make fun of someone based on how they look? Personally I don't think it is.
But worse than that, far worse, Gervais commits the biggest sin of all in this DVD, the sin of being totally unfunny.
Basically, this show is poor throughout, it really seems as though Ricky couldn't really be bothered, and was only there because because he was under contract to do so. No energy, no clever jokes, no belly laughs, nothing. Without Steve or Karl by his side, Gervais is really shown up for what he is, a distinctly average comedian and rather poor stand up artist.
This show uses so much of the content from previous work, if you were a listener of the Ricky Gervais show on XFM, or the podcasts, you will have already heard 90% of the things he covers in this show, infact, many of the jokes used were made by Karl Pilkington and Steve in the old radio and podcast shows, not Ricky. The audience themselves sound bored for long periods, particually when Gervais goes on his extremely tedious rants on fat people and religion, which we have all heard before. Infact, it seems as though he has just gone for 'shock' value in this show (i.e the granny joke) instead of well thought out jokes and observations.
To sum up, If you have heard the podcasts or XFM shows, you have heard this stand-up, and heard better versions of all the jokes in it. Far too much re-used material, far too many long rants, and far too much lazy and arrogant writing by a man whose ego has perhaps gone out of control.
I give this show 1 star simply because its a mammoth ('Man-moth?'...lol...some of you will get that) let down. Ricky, quit the stand up game and get back into TV with Steve, its what you are good at.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this for my dad as a Christmas gift as he loves Ricky Gervais, very quick delivery!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Used to love Ricky Gervais, but alot of the jokes here were in really bad taste, trying to be shocking but not even funny.. a comedian gone down hill!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have been a fan of his TV shows but not really seen any stand up. I gave this a go thinking I would like it but I after about 30 minutes I turned it off. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. D. NORTH
He is making basic errors with regards to animal taxonomy. He says the ark would have needed 5,000,000 species on it but it is obvious that you would only need 2 cats,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nathan durrant
Extras was comedy gold ; this is nothing short of a con..
'science' ; there is little scientific joking going on and more queer, dick, god - bashing going on.. Read more
I am unsure why this has so many negative reviews, granted, it may not be his best live show, but I still laughed hysterically throughout the majority of the show. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Levi Peirson