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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N26GSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ricky Gervais Out of England: The Stand-up Special (DVD)

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Ricky Gervais's standup comedy is not for the squeamish. The man responsible for the cringe-inducing boss from the original British version of The Office takes fiendish glee in jokes about teenage cancer patients, grotesque obesity, ill-conceived AIDS literature, and accidental homosexual incest. But Gervais never seems nasty or crude, partly because he also delights in jokes about the political implications of nursery rhymes and comparing sharks with Nazis (sharks, with their ability to smell the tiniest amount of blood from a mile away, would have found Anne Frank in a heartbeat). But his greatest comic target is ego--and all the ways human beings inflate themselves to ridiculous effect. "I hate talking about all the charity work I do," Gervais declares. He compares the Falklands War to holding a midget at arms length and kicking him, and he imagines a conversation between a fawning Hitler and the philosopher Nietzsche, who's just a bit put out to learn how Hitler interpreted his work. What makes Gervais so brilliant is the slippery way he turns everything into its opposite: when he's self-deprecating, he reveals all-consuming vanity; when he presents a guise of intelligence, he rolls out the dumbest thoughts imaginable. The comic collisions in the viewer's brain are sublime and very, very funny. Also included on the DVD of Out of England: The Stand-up Special is an engaging interview with Gervais in which, among other things, he giggles about tackling taboo subjects and tries to figure out why one's friends are so much funnier than any comedian. Fans of Extras or Gervais's destined-to-be-a-cult-film The Invention of Lying should not miss this comedy special. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

I think that this is the best stand up ever.
J. Nicholl
It takes real wit to shed light on seemingly harmless stuff like children's songs.
Beatrice Izzey
There are no boundaries for this funny man and nothing is held back.
Kim

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Walter Delmont on January 15, 2009
Format: DVD
I watched this special on HBO over Thanksgiving 2008, and it was one of the funniest acts I have seen in awhile. I would consider Ricky Gervais on the fast track to one of the best comedians ever. His humor while edgy at times, is extremely clever. I am a huge fan of George Carlin (R.I.P.), Larry Miller, and Bill Cosby, and Ricky Gervais can entertain using anyone of the styles used by these comedians. Some parts you don't watch this with your children or grandmother and others are perfectly fine for anyone. This is one is on my list of must haves.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Schultz on January 3, 2009
Format: DVD
The show has some real highligths; "Best Leaflet" being one, and the production quality is great. It was recorded in New York in 2008 but quite a bit of the contentis the same as "Ricky Gervais Live 3 - Fame [2007]" (recorded in the UK).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Druxman on April 25, 2009
Format: DVD
Ricky Gervais is a comedian who is not afraid to push the boundaries of good taste.

In this 72-minute special, filmed during his successful tour of the United States, the British funnyman not only pokes fun at charities that help the mentally and physically challenged, but also the Holocaust.

The amazing thing is that you find yourself laughing out loud, sometimes uncontrollably, at the humor Gervais finds in these ordinarily taboo subjects.

He also does extended hilarious routines on the male sexual organ and even Humpty Dumpty.

Gervais is, indeed, one of the funniest comedians of this generation.

Included on the DVD is a conversation with Gervais.

© Michael B. Druxman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Freeman on January 10, 2011
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Keeping this review short and sweet. Ricky is hilarious and delivers one of his best stand ups ever. His deliver is so genuine and you get a bit of his character from The Office. Awkward at times but can be a bit cocky when joking on people. I was laughing hard the whole way through and love the fact he called the US a "third world country". Highly recommended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Demer on April 21, 2009
Format: DVD
I actually attended this show last year and was very disappointed that it is just the best bits from his 3 other stand-up DVDs (Animals, Politics and Fame). If you've seen those, then there is no reason to buy this DVD. If you haven't, well then I'd recommend you get the other 3 indiviually rather than this 'Greatest Hits'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Stulc on January 30, 2012
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We watched this three times in a row the first night we got it. He's raw, he doesn't hold back and if you like that kind of thing, you'll laugh... a lot. And then you'll watch it again and laugh some more. He doesn't hold back - He picks on everyone and everything including kids with cancer and obese people. It's Ricky - It's what you have come to expect from him. He's now on my list of those I need to see live after watching this DVD.
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By nelly123 on March 31, 2014
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I bought this for my son in law he just loves it and laughs and laughs all the time he is a wonderful actor
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By Jason Wild on March 12, 2014
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GREAT stuff - just some more of the same warped humour made specially for the US .
Get some proper English comedy in yer diet !!
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