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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2009 20:00:00 GMT
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Posted on 8 Nov 2009 18:50:17 GMT
Debs W says:
I've just been reading all the posts and have come to the conclusion that Ricky Gervais really shouldn't show his face in the UK again. And I agree he is such a irritating, smug, egotistical plonker. I also find Michael McIntyre irritating (I think its the voice thing). And that hairy chap with Alan Carr (whats his name) is very unfunny. Justin something or other - God what a t***!

Posted on 6 Nov 2009 21:13:49 GMT
Andy M says:
Russel Brand

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2009 16:15:46 GMT
Billy Casper says:
Unless you've got access to some hardcore smelling salts, a comeback for any of your favourites is looking a trifle unlikely, Johnny. Do you suggest today's youthful upstarts content themselves with regurgitating 30-year-old material? Where will you be when we're all queuing up to throw stones at them for their lack of ambition and originality - supping a flagon of mead in Ye Old Inn? While watching a cockfight and slowly losing all your teeth to scurvy?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2009 13:41:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Nov 2009 14:00:03 GMT
'The Office is widely regarded as the greatest sitcom of all time. Whether you like it or not, that sort of accolade doesn't just get thrown around willy-nilly'
By who? and yes you do, it's known as hype.

Also looking back at some of the other posts, just because you are an old git doesn't mean that you can't appreciate modern comics or that you loved all the old-timers. I love The Goon show and Spike Milligan but never found Arthur Askey, George Formby, Benny Hill and numerous others even remotely funny. The mere mention of the name Dickie Henderson - an 'entertainer' - should be enough to bring on a bilious attack in older readers. My late father (b. 1914) despised Arthur Askey and Max Bygraves and called their TV appearances ' a waste of electric'.

Posted on 4 Nov 2009 10:58:13 GMT
Nugent_Dirt says:
Some people here dissing current UK sitcoms. Maybe you havent seen How Not To Live Your Life, Inbetweeners, the IT Crowd and Peep Show. Much funnier than many of the so-called classics from the 70s. A lot of people here are also slating current stand ups but looking at past ones through rose tinted specs. I'd take Dara O'B, Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard, Graham Norton and Bill Bailey any day over inexplicably highly rated acts like Tommy Cooper, Morecambe and Wise etc

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 13:18:43 GMT
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Posted on 3 Nov 2009 13:03:10 GMT
Luc Negri says:
Someone asked who here was still good in comedy

well my favorites are:
Bill bailey - tbh u gota understand the music behind his acts, wont be as funny if u dont play any instruments or understand music
Dylan moran - a genious
Mitchell and Webb - peep show, absolutly hillarious
Mark lemarr - though not officially a comedian, hes fantastic on nevermind the buzzcocks
Marcus brigstock - really funny bloke
Omid Djalili - really funny guy, allthough not enough of his live stuff
Graham norton - yes, more of a showman than a comedian but still funny nonetheless
my hate list
Frankie boyle - "enter penis joke here" seriously thats all he does
rusell brand - speaking in a high voice and making sex jokes is not comedy, its childish
alan carr - ugh, must i say more?
Simon anstell - all he does is make fun of people

I have a few people im indifferent about but yeah thats pretty much my short list

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 12:25:50 GMT
Bug DeLug says:
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Posted on 3 Nov 2009 10:53:55 GMT
Andy says:
Interesting that most of the comedians dismissed/detested on this forum are also nominated as 'best stand up' on another one... isn't it just down to personal taste & preference in the end?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 10:34:54 GMT
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Carradale says:
Me. (see best stand-up ) Either way I win...

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 08:32:47 GMT
here here!

Posted on 2 Nov 2009 22:40:31 GMT
N. Allen says:
Lee Evans and Peter Kay are the most painfully unfunny waste of space I've ever had the misfortune to see. Imagine my annoyance when Peter Kay introduced Eric Clapton at the M.E.N. arena :(

Posted on 2 Nov 2009 22:34:44 GMT
Andy says:
Jack Dee and Al Murray - both mindnumbing...

Posted on 2 Nov 2009 13:18:37 GMT
vnllaS0ulMan says:
Billy Connelly; I do like him, but I also think he's overrated. I'm with the majority on Ricky Gervais who is an absolute pain in the backside!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2009 11:22:01 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2009 11:11:28 GMT
Billy Casper says:
Richard Gervais had been trolling the comedy circuit for years before The Office hit pay dirt, most notably as a recurring guest on Channel 4's little-loved The 11 O'Clock Show, where he "perfected" the offensive bore persona - making fun of wheelchair-bound single mothers, glass trumpet blowers, octogenarian war heroes with big, flapping bat-like ears, etc - that was to become his stock in trade for the next half a century. To say that his comedy routine is over-reliant on the easy target scattergun approach of primary school playground banter is to grossly offend any seven year old child who's ever pointed at a mouldy dog egg and gone "that's you, that is. That's what your dad eats in his sandwiches." And if all Gervais is doing is playing an exaggerated version of himself, then how come he's so bad at improvising it? Have you ever listened to his XFM show? He played second fiddle to a man called Carl, who'd only stumbled in accidentally off the street when he got lost looking for a branch of Cash Converters that would buy his magic beans. The bottom line is, Gervais simply isn't funny. Without the carefully scripted contributions of his co-writer, he wouldn't even know how to button his own shoes. He can't even be mediocre by himself, he has to pay someone to help him, and that's the reason he's so intensely disliked.

Posted on 2 Nov 2009 09:17:33 GMT
Mr. L. Pyatt says:
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Posted on 2 Nov 2009 01:09:44 GMT
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spiderboris says:
Sensible words (weird that, for an Amazon discussion) from Dr. Randolph and S. Vasicek.

It does seem that a lot of people seem to get furiously angry at Ricky Gervais for being a smug, self-obsessed boaster. Er, folks... that's the character he plays? It's only an act?

I'l give Gervais credit because he admits in interviews that his success has largely been a fluke and he can basically only play one character who is simply an exaggerated version of his self. To be fair, most sucessful comedy stars find one act that works and stick at it.

The BBC made a big deal of the fact that after the huge success of the Office, they pointed out in a trailer that is was written, directed and featured a central performance courtesy of two people who had (to the best of my knowledge) never written for TV, done comedy, directed or acted professionally before.

As a stand-up, Gervais seems to rely more on carefully scripted material rather than improvisation, since its not something he'd done for years prior to the Office - which marks him out as more of a comedy lecturer than anything else, certainly not up there with the greats of stand-up, but at least entertaining.

I do agree with a lot of people however that, despite being brilliantly written and performed, the Office isn't actually very funny at all.

I found it mostly uncomfortable to watch due to its focus on the comedy of 'cringe' - I think it works better if you don't sit there expecting to laugh much. Similarly I admire Sacha Baron Cohen's work, but I also find - particularly with Bruno and Borat - that his intention is more to push the boundaries of taste and satirize aspects of society via the medium of comedy - and that certainly doesn't gel with a lot of people. Gervais isn't overrated, he's overhated.

And to do some obligatory trashing, as for Michael Macintyre - and a lot of the new TV comics in fact - I don't find them all that funny at all. Mind you, I'm old and cynical enough now to entitled to hate everything that's new and different from the old. Bah humbug and all that.

Posted on 1 Nov 2009 21:37:40 GMT
B. Mclaren says:
how many of you have thought that there is not a definative answer to this question and that the comparative circle-jerk we all seem to be craving like the attention of a distant step-father. many of you seem to crave acceptance and validation that your are right in something you don't like. now you've all vented, le petite moir has been acheived and enqui is setting in.... YES you dislike a comedian, YES some else will dislike them but you'll also find an equal level of love for the same comedian... ultimatly you need to get over yourselves and wipe up the discharged vitriol, would that it were.

Posted on 1 Nov 2009 21:01:13 GMT
Clive Anderson - been on a few shows as compere that were funny, but his contributions never were.

Posted on 1 Nov 2009 13:25:23 GMT
Ken says:
Ricky Gervais - the most overrated.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2009 12:32:39 GMT
You all seem to be forgetting the worst ever Lenny Henry!!!!

Posted on 29 Oct 2009 22:26:08 GMT
D. Kennedy says:
Michael Mcintyre is the worst comedian i have ever seen. I feel embarrased for him doing stand up.

Posted on 29 Oct 2009 19:26:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Oct 2009 19:32:01 GMT
I think also Gervais is comparatively talented, as is Sasha Baron Cohen an antidote to creeping PC unfunny comics like Russell Howard.
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