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 ›
This time around there was something very different going on. We no longer saw those sparks of absurdity, the originality and cheeky attitude of the first two. The ignorant/naive character Gervais used for those first two stand-ups was long gone, and we were left with a rather slimey cover-act. There were a few laughs, but the whole thing felt listless, awkward and lazy. Like he was resting on the fact he could get laughs from part of the audience no matter what he said. The biggest flaw was his reuse of podcast material. Almost everyone in that arena and watching this DVD had probably listened intently to all his podcasts with glee. They are genuinely brilliant, he's a skilled story-teller, he's witty and he and Steve know exactly how to get the best out of Karl. To repeat almost verbatim some of that material was very hard to watch. The audience reaction was noticably stunted.
Overall this is a very hit and miss affair, smacking of a laziness and crude structure you don't want to associate with the great man. When I discover a new species, I'll still be naming it after him, but to all his fans I beg, don't watch this.
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.
Gone are the days when any comic, regardless of reputation, can scrape through an hour-long show with such weak material. "Ooooh, he said 'mong' - what a rebel" seems to be about the height of Gervais' ambition with Science - which is quite frankly shocking, considering the talent this man clearly possesses.
Gervais' fake arrogance and "I'm better than you" mentality may have raised a smile in the past, but here it no longer even seems to be played for comedic effect. At times, you begin to wonder whether the man really does believe he's some sort of demigod. This is particular evident in one rather bizarre diatribe against fat people - which, considering the now-trim Gervais' own weight issues in the past, comes across not as humour but as the machinations of a bullied kid joining the popular clique at school only to take the piss out of his former mates. Like much of the show, it barely raises a chuckle.
Gervais has proven in the past that he has the talent to make the masses laugh and I have no doubt he remains capable of putting together a side-splitting hour of stand-up at some point in the future. He really needs to go back to the drawing board, though: telling people they're in the presence of a true legend (as he does throughout this show) can only work when you've got the material to back it up. As it stands, its the comedic equivalent of Dan Brown prefacing his next book with a self-comparison to Shakespeare.
In Gervais' defence, there is the occasional flash of brilliance - one skit involving Noah's Ark deserves a mention - but sadly, these are too few and far between.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yeh - basically what everyone else says. This is crap. Presumably lacks the Stephen Merchant input to filter out the truly funny (v. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eagle Eyes
This was a gift that was asked for. I don't like Ricky Gervais I don't think he's very original but my God son likes him
so who am I to comment.
Got this for my dad as a Christmas gift as he loves Ricky Gervais, very quick delivery!Published 7 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 9 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 10 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 10 months ago by Nathan durrant