Ricky Gervais Live - Animals  [DVD]
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Filmed during a limited run at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, the show is based around Rickys fascination with the animal kingdom (including that curious species, the human being) and covers subjects as diverse as classifying bats, gay animals and the Great War poets. From the moment the curtain goes up, it becomes clear that David Attenborough has nothing to worry about as Gervais accompanies a short film on animal copulation with a unique and not entirely scientific narration! Fans will wonder if any subject is taboo as the comedy drifts from his interpretation of the Bible (including what really went on in the Garden of Eden) to parts of the animal kingdom that the BBC never dared to cover.
Remarkably for someone who doesn't claim to be either an actor or a professional stand-up comic, Ricky Gervais has now triumphed in both fields. Animals Live is his one-man show at London's Bloomsbury Theatre during which the star of The Office ("That's two BAFTA Awards") presents a "lecture" on the animal kingdom in a shameless bid to inherit David Attenborough's mantle, since the old boy is getting on a bit and can't last forever. The subject is loose and broad enough to allow for plenty of digressions and amiable ramblings about sex, childhood, war and, of course, more sex.
There's something of Eddie Izzard's style in Gervais's approach, especially noticeable when he dissects the Biblical Genesis story for its absurdities; and he has also learned lessons from the father of his Office co-star Lucy Davis, Jasper Carrott. In the best segment, and one that's pure Carrott Confidential, Gervais reads out genuine animal "facts" from a website and comments gleefully upon them. Although his range is limited--he's neither an impressionist nor a mimic--Gervais gets by on a mixture of easygoing charm and bare-faced cheek, which in a short show of about an hour is all he needs to keep everyone laughing. --Mark Walker
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I admit I got this DVD purely on the success of 'The Office' in which he plays David Brent and the famous 'Boxing Fight' with Grant Bovey. I was a little surprised when I put the DVD on to find it wasn't a typical stand-up comedy performance, but more a hilarious lecteur on the topic of 'Animals'. Okay he does deviate from the Animal world once of twice which is great.
I must admit to having fits of laughter at certain comments and jokes he told. I have come to the conclusion that Ricky Gervais is immune to himself as he doesn't like most performers feel the need to laugh after his own jokes. I can't recall him laughing at anything he says, yet do recall him waiting for the audience to stop laughing to he can continue. When he mentions certain subjects like Rik Waller having the same Fat content as a Pork Scratching or how Darwin's Theory of Evolution is false because a good book available in all good book shops called 'The Bible' says how the world really came to be, will have you laughing. Some people may take offense to some of his comments certainly on the subjects of the wars in history and comparing one conflict to fighting vertical challenged people. Also for some reason he decides to have a rant about Stephen Hawking that borders very closely on being insulting and possible offensive.
At the end of the show you will be sat there wondering what you've just seen and heard. I'll admit I wasn't expecting what I saw, and am more used to the stand-up routines of your Peter Kay's and Jim Davidson's.Read more ›
Gervais has a unique and hilairious way to look at the Animal Kingdom and he shares it with us which had me in stitches from the moment the curtain went up. I was nearly falling off my seat when he gave his view on Mermaids but the whole thing had me unable to breathe through laughing so much. If you were unlucky enough to miss this then you must get it on DVD, especially if you are a big fan of The Office.
Thankfully Gervais has promised he'll do more stand up as he wants to get better- if this isn't his best then I can't wait to see what is.
This is a must for any true aficionado of the Office. (As is the slot on Xfm on Saturday afternoons).
One final thing, Office fan or not, this stands up by itself as first-class comedy.
i have now watched this dvd twice, and each time it makes me laugh. i thought animals was a great subject to pick. he aslo touches on the bible (my favourite bit).
I would say the only problem with the show is that it probably doesnt go for long enough or mabey its just becasue i am enjoying it so much the time rushes by.
but i would deffently recomend people to buy this dvd it is Great.
His story telling ablity can only be matched by the fantastic Billy Connolly. He does not laugh too much at his stories but he does laugh evr so slightly which I think makes the stories even better as it makes you belive they are real, whether they are or not does not matter they are alll hysterical.
This DVD only contains 1 featurette which is a behind the scenes look at Ricky Gervais filmed by Stephen Merchant. In it Ricky Gervais acts rather similair to David Brent especially when doing his 'impressions'. There is also a commentary track by Ricky Gervais but this is not very funny and will bore you after 20 minutes.
The people who claim that this is no way near as good as the office but are just plain wrong. The two shows are completely different, you cannot compare them except to say that they are both absolutely hilarious.
The show 9/10
The extras 4/10
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Fantastic first show from Ricky Gervais.
The DVD doesnt have loads of extra features but there's a few bits on there and at a price of less than £2 a must have in the... Read more
The funniest man on earth in my humble opinion. Hilarious and beautifully offensive.Published 12 months ago by Ozymandias