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Old Podcasts Plus New Animation: Wildly Funny But Might Be A Better Deal In DVD Presentation,
This review is from: The Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete First Season (Amazon Video)
I'm going to start things out on a controversial note. I love Ricky Gervais and, honestly, I'd watch anything with his name on it. And "The Ricky Gervais Show" is a bit of a lark. While I definitely enjoyed it (these 13 episodes originally aired on HBO), I'm not sure the program is a great value if paying by the individual episode. Before you start to beat me up and send me hate mail--let me explain. Each episode clocks in at slightly over 20 minutes--I know they drop and raise on-demand prices, but it seems that (generally speaking) the DVD might work out a better deal if you're genuinely interested in the program. The show uses material previously introduced on the famously outrageous Podcast starring Gervais and his long time partner Stephen Merchant. In essence, "The Ricky Gervais Show" is just an animated Podcast. None of the comedy stylings or interactions are new--only the visual representations of them are. Mind you, I don't think too many people will complain as both new and old material meld together well to create different levels of humor to the cracking wise.
Gervais definitely plays to his strengths here. And his primary strength is the ever daft Karl Pilkington. Pilkington is a perpetual guest on the Podcast, and every episode of this show is designed around his skewed world view. Merchant and Gervais taunt and mock Pilkington mercilessly--it seems to be, literally, the reason that this show exists. I'd feel sorry for the little guy if it wasn't so darned funny. Pilkington is a truly original voice and the series' MVP. Half the time you'll think he's putting you on with his wacky declarations, but I'm not so sure.
I also enjoyed the running gag of "Monkey News" which never gets old when spinning ridiculous "news" stories involving primates. Bottom line, if you enjoy Gervais' particular brand of humor, I can't imagine that you wouldn't like "The Ricky Gervais Show." From a visual standpoint, it can be somewhat stagnant--at least 60% of the animation is the three guys sitting in a studio. But the humor is top notch. Funny, sometimes insightful, I liked hanging out with this trio in 30 minute intervals. Hopefully, you will too. KGHarris, 12/10