Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Recommendation: The Ricky Gervais Show


I saw the ads for this animated show on HBO months back and had no idea what to expect. Ricky Gervais and two of his blokes, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington have converted their regular podcast (how did I miss this one?) into an animated format.

The concept is simple enough—their animated characters sit around a table and discuss various subjects, answering viewer questions, but particularly mocking Karl's long, rambling observations.

This show has always been consistent with guaranteed laugh-out-loud moments each episode, and even afterwards can warrant a chuckle when I think back on particular moments. Karl's softspoken observations that go on and on, are comic gold, spurred on by Ricky and Stephen's merciless, biting sarcasm.

The animation is old-school—reminiscent of a Flinstones/Jetson’s style, and there are numerous vignettes that play off on the stories the trio are discussing. The regular segments of Karl's Diary and Monkey News are particular favorites.

If you're a fan of Ricky Gervais, or quirky British humour, I guarantee you'll enjoy it! However, if even the thought of a Monty Python or Little Britain sketch makes you wretch, this is not for you.

Check it out on HBO.

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