Normally I like to explore a film or television show on my blog but when it comes to The Ricky Gervais Show I don’t really know what to say. It’s an animated version of the podcast featuring Gervais (featured on HBO in the United States), his co-writer on The Office and Extras Stephen Merchant, and Gervais’ original producer on XFM, Karl Pilkington. Realizing the unintentional comedic genius they found, Gervais and Merchant incorporated Pilkington into the show and its pure comic gold. He’s an idiot, but he really isn’t; he’s a genius but he’s also a moron. On his website, Gervais claims:
Karl is one of the smartest people I know. He isn’t what you’d call academic. He hasn’t had a great formal education. But he is smart in other ways. He’s what you’d call streetwise I suppose. He has a great emotional intelligence too.
Gervais also states about Pilkington:
Karl sees the world differently to most people. He is truly an original thinker. Some things he says are the most stupid things I’ve ever heard. But then other things blow my mind with their originality and genius. He’s not mad. He’s not saying things for effect. He’s different.
There are times when watching the series, or listening to the podcast, that I don’t disagree with Karl, finding his insights clever and ethically sound; then again, there are other times I laugh at how insipid he is. Regardless, The Ricky Gervais Show is probably the funniest thing on television at the moment. I personally find it funnier than The Office (both the U.K. and U.S. versions) and Extras. It’s definitely better than Ghost Town or The Invention of Lying, both of which are pretty terrible. It’s a shame too since Gervais is one of the most talented comedy writers of all time, only possibly surpassed by Larry David and Woody Allen.
Here are some clips from The Ricky Gervais Show. I scoured Youtube for my favorites and there are four below.