Ricky GervaisLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
Ricky Gervais needs a strong collaborator, like he had with Stephen Merchant, if he wants his new Netflix comedy to succeed
Gervais hasn't found much success since splitting with Merchant, his fellow co-creator of The Office and Extras, as Liz Shannon Miller points out. By the sound of it, Gervais' newly announced dark sitcom After Life could use a strong creative person to help him out. Gervais is intent on being offensive just to be offensive, as his recent Netflix special Humanity showed. "Daring to be offensive is funny when it’s honed and targeted towards the right people, and it’d be amazing if that proved to be the case for Gervais’ new show," says Miller. "But in order for that to happen, he might have to listen to other people. Bringing in a strong collaborator who might challenge him would be a start."
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
Ricky Gervais returns to sitcoms with Netflix's After Life
Netflix has given six-episode order to the single-camera dark comedy that Gervais will write and direct alongside longtime collaborator Charlie Hanson. Gervais, who earlier this year starred on the Netflix standup special Humanity, will play a widower named Tony who abandons his internal censor. "Tony had a perfect life," reads Netflix's description of the series. "But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. He thinks it’s like a Super Power — not caring about himself or anyone else — but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know."
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Ricky Gervais' new Netflix special is an example of "lazy punch-down humor"
Gervais' Humanity standup special is mostly devoted to complaining "that the world keeps telling him what he can and can’t say," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "He makes it sound as if hearing an opinion or a personal reaction to a comedian’s work (on Twitter, or in, say, a TV review) is the same experience as being fired or jailed by the government as retaliation for criticizing an official." Seitz adds that this seem to be a trend among some established comedians: "Nobody is denying a platform for Gervais, (Dave) Chappelle, Chris Rock, or even Louis CK (who had a Netflix special last year, a few months before his career imploded)," he says. "They’re free to say whatever they want during their routines, and Netflix is free to give them time and space in which to say it. What seems to infuriate these comedians, however, is that audiences can talk back more easily now and say, 'I don’t like that,' or 'I didn’t find that funny,' or 'That seemed cruel to me.' What comedians like Gervais object to is being made to think about what they’ve said, and potentially feel regret or guilt over having made a poor choice of material or words. That their initial impulse is to feel anger and resentment at the person raising an objection is telling."
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 12:23PM EDT
Ricky Gervais doubles down on transphobic jokes in his new Netflix special
Gervais' new special, titled Humanity, includes three transphobic Caitlyn Jenner jokes that were rejected from his Golden Globes monologue for being too offensive.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 1:46PM EST
The Office is getting an Indian remake
The Indian version will take place in a satellite town of New Delhi, focusing on the romance between Amit and Pammi. ALSO: HBO's The Night Of to get an Indian remake.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 10:49PM EST
Netflix announces a second Ricky Gervais comedy special
Gervais’ first comedy special, Humanity, is set for early this year.
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 7:58PM EDT
Ricky Gervais would like another chance to host the Golden Globes
The four-time Globes host tells People: “At the moment, there’s something in the news every day that makes me go, ‘I wish I was doing the Globes tonight.’ It would be too easy. Oh my God, how easy would it be? Bullseye.”
Posted Friday 9/01/17 at 3:24PM EDT
Mindy Kaling wants her Mindy Project legacy to be creating the female version of TV’s “bad men”
Asked about her legacy, Kaling tells the NY Times: “I try not to think about legacy too much because it can steer me awry while I’m still making the thing I’m making. What’s really wonderful and fun about the show is that I took all the men that I saw in sitcoms that I loved, whether it’s Ricky Gervais or Danny McBride or Steve Carell, and said, ‘I want to be one of the bad men — the ones that are the destructors, the ones that are flawed. I don’t want to be the sweet wife.’ And yeah, if that can be the legacy, and I had really funny jokes and said crazy things that women had not said before, then that’s really nice.” PLUS: Watch the final season Mindy Project trailer