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Ricky Gervais Live: Animals (2003)

Ricky Gervais entertains a live audience in his first stand-up routine.

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Ricky mentions one official sighting of King Kong referring to the 1933 RKO film, however the picture shown on stage shows the Japanese Toho King King. See more »

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Typically "non-pc" stuff from Gervais that amuses but is very light on decent laughs
8 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although both Ricky and his audience seem to be enjoying themselves, there are surprisingly few laughs in this show. The main reason for this is that the humour isn't that clever even if it is occasionally imaginative. Until The Office, Gervais was best known for his work on things like the 11 O'clock Show where he was non-pc and "shockingly crude" in short segments. The Office and Extras have been more of comedies of embarrassment than crude observational stuff but yet it is the latter that Gervais does in his stand ups, so viewers coming to this off the back of the aforementioned shows will probably not appreciate this type of humour.

Occasionally amusing, mostly it is just observational material that he takes to extremes to draw the laugh by surprising the audience rather than tickling them. I can understand why the audience laughed and why people do like this sort of stuff but all I thought about was how uninspiring the show was generally. By all means watch it if you are a fan of Gervais for time, but those hoping that his golden touch on the sitcoms will spread to the stage will be mostly disappointed.


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