Ricky Gervais: Out of England - The Stand-Up Special (2008)

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Award-winning actor/comedian Ricky Gervais' first-ever HBO stand-up special features his unique takes on such disparate issues as fund-raising, autism, fame, nursery rhymes, Nazis, moronic friends, obesity and more.

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Award-winning actor/comedian Ricky Gervais' first-ever HBO stand-up special features his unique takes on such disparate issues as fund-raising, autism, fame, nursery rhymes, Nazis, moronic friends, obesity and more.

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A Bit Disappointing
30 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was expecting a well written comedy routine comparable to the success of the Chris Rock HBO stand up specials but, it just doesn't compare. I suppose at the same time, it can't be compared to Dane Cook's hour and a half HBO stand up special which was an absolute disaster. It's an hour and a half with about 6 decent jokes and an endless build up to punchlines that quite simply weren't funny.

Basically you get Ricky Gervais being Ricky Gervais for the fans. The comedy is there but it's amusing comedy rather than funny or hilarious comedy. There is a lot of build up to punch lines or resolves that tickle the funny bone rather than shatter it.

Let me also inject, it has nothing to do with British comedy vs American comedy. I've seen plenty of stand up shows like his on HBO from comedians that were on the same level. A witty, amusing routine that showcased the performer's personality rather than the performers ability to write and perform. Honestly, I would be incredibly disappointed to have paid top dollar to see him then get a stand up comedy routine so very lacking in stand up comedy. I don't feel these performances are properly labeled or categorized for what they are. Like Kevin Smith did his video An Evening With Kevin Smith. It was very informative, story telling and humorous but, it wasn't a stand up comedy routine. While be it different from the performance Ricky gives, it's still coming from the same plain.

Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable act, it's just not filled with side splitting humor like most of us would expect from Rick.


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