I feel like there was a time, not too long ago, when Ricky Gervais was generally regarded as a great comedic talent who helped to usher in a New Era of better and smarter and more uncomfortable comedy, and everybody liked him and he was very good and nobody really questioned it that much. But then I guess he read God Is Not Great, and now everything he says is unbearable? What happened? Give me back my Ricky Gervais! “And give me back my Atheist Comedian title!” – David Cross. What’s even more unfortunate is that it looks like his new unbearable persona has leaked, from things that would be unbearable by themselves into things that would otherwise be fun and exciting. From Ricky Gervais’ blog:
I’ve had one of my big ideas. A live 3 hour podcast during The Golden Globes. Me and a few chums (like Louis CK, Chris Rock, Karl Pilkington, John Stewart, Larry David popping in and out) doing our own alternative commentary.
People at home can have the telly on with the sound down listening to us online say things that no broadcaster could get away with.
No one could do a fucking thing.
The biggest live webcast ever? Who knows? Who cares? What’s fun is the shit we might come out with. No money. No sponsor. No guide lines. Fuck me I can’t wait.
OH MY GOODNESS. First of all, does Ricky Gervais believe he’s the first comedian to have ever decided to do a “tell it like it is” Golden Globes live-blog? Every single person, let alone COMEDIAN, all over the world live-blogs basically every single TV “event,” and it’s never for money and it’s never censored and there are never any guide lines and no one ever can do a fucking thing about it, unfortunately.
Second, THE BIGGEST LIVE WEBCAST EVER? Followed by, “Who knows? Who cares?” As if the fact that he isn’t really thinking about whether or not it will be THE BIGGEST LIVE WEBCAST EVER is something to be regarded as passionate and rebellious or, I don’t know, a rejection of some sort of “mainstream media” way of perceiving how well your live-blog PODCAST does? While still suggesting that it COULD PERHAPS BE the biggest live webcast ever? And then saying that what’s fun is “the shit we might come out with,” like it says in all mass Facebook invites to college improv troupe performances? RICKY. GET IT TOGETHER. Of course that’s what the fun of it is! This is not a new idea! This is a very well-worn idea, as a matter of fact! And no one is going to be mad at you after it is finished, I’m sorry to say! “We get it.”
And finally, this idea sounds great. (Via Splitsider.)