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Ricky Gervais Live 2: Politics (2004)

Video  -  Documentary | Comedy  -  15 November 2004 (UK)
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A year after Animals, Ricky Gervais comes back with his second stand up comedy tour: Politics.

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A year after Animals, Ricky Gervais comes back with his second stand up comedy tour: Politics.

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Ricky Gervais: [in the summer drought of 1976 in Reading, where Gervais grew up] There was a government advert at the time that said, "Save water: have a bath with a friend." Which I did. I say "a friend"; he was more a friend of my Granddad's. Ten quid's a lot to a kid in Reading. We used to call him "Granddad Charlie", actually. He wasn't our Granddad, he was just an old bloke who used to live across the road from us and used to always come round to play with us whenever he saw our parents go out.
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Absolutely Unfunny - The Emperor's New Clothes....?
5 January 2005 | by (Buckingham, UK) – See all my reviews

I have to say that Ricky Gervais must be laughing all the way to the bank with this release. I am a big fan of the Office and had heard that his stand-up performances were very good too according to reviews and the DVD cover in the UK is plastered with really positive quotes. However, this was criminally unfunny ( and also very short too ). There are a handful of occasions when Gervais manages to raise a smile but that is about it and he is just not a good stand-up comedian. The audience in the theatre also do not seem to be erupting into hysterical laughter through the performance. His routine although nominally called "Politics" is about anything that he regards as remotely funny, but he largely relies on talking about old friends anecdotes, leaflets and nursery rhymes. Oh yes and somebody called him "Brent" - wow isn't that...funny. If you compare this to the output of comics like Dave Gorman, Bill Bailey or Eddie Izzard you will see that this just does not measure up. It appears that at the moment there are people who would pay to watch Ricky Gervais drinking a glass of water or having a snooze and still think it was amazing. There is definitely the feeling that this is a case of the Emperor's new clothes, and maybe Ricky Gervais should stick well clear of performing his own very thin material, until he can come up with something a bit better. A very big disappointment.


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