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Ricky Gervais - Politics
on 24 August 2004
After 'Animals' Gervais said he would be doing a new stand-up show early in the new year, so it was fortunate that I stumbled across a ticket hotline website and saw that tickets were on sale. I immediately bought some and wasnt surprised to see that they sold out pretty much everywhere within a couple of days. Since the success of The Office, Gervais has been acknowledged as a brilliant British comedian but instead of being type casted as a David Brent character he's broken away from the phenomenal success of The Office and instead is making a name for himself as an ccomplished stand up comedian. This is not surprising as Gervais has a 'natural' way about him that means his jokes and stories don't seem rehearsed - they just seem to come naturally to him as if he's speaking to a friend.
Politics opens up with a short video which sets the tone straight away - not only is it very very funny as he outlines "three political hot potatoes" on a passer-by in a wheelchair (actually played by The Office producer Ash Atalla) but the dialogue is very 'below the belt'. This isn't a problem for those who aren't easily offended- it's just Gervais's way of light-heartedly having a joke. Gervais goes on to discuss life outside of 'the office' and trouble being recognised and being called "Brent" but the bit where Gervais talks about his "favourite leaflet" had me in stitches. Not only is the leaflet funny in itself (Gervais was giggling through most of it) but he has a way of saying things and talking about things that just make them even more hysterical. I was disappointed when the show ended- I could easily have sat there all night and listened to Ricky Gervais discuss politics, and one things for sure- politics has never been so funny!