When you consider that his television career is only 12 years old, Ricky Gervais is incredibly prolific. Now the comedian is set to begin work on a spanking new television series. And the premise? Atheism!! No surprise there—if there’s one thing Ricky Gervais can’t get enough of, it’s telling people he’s an atheist.
Titled Afterlife, the new series will follow an atheist who dies and goes to heaven. Maybe it’ll be kind of like a bleak Touched by an Angel for the Richard Dawkins set, with Stephen Merchant playing Roma Downey (I wish!). But here’s the really exciting part: Gervais is collaborating on the show with writer and former executive producer of Dexter, Clyde Phillips. They’re writing the pilot right now. Like, they might literally be sitting at a desk together right now.
Ricky Gervais can be insufferable—in fact, I’d call his schtick “affably irritating”—but it helps that he’s witty. And if there’s one thing Gervais likes to talk about besides atheism, it’s his old TV show The Office (UK).
July 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm by Jenn
I noticed that on Fridayish a lot of celebrities tweeted about something called “Carmageddon,” and I thought it was so weird that a 1997 computer game was suddenly getting this much visibility. So I googled for answers. Turns out the LAPD actually asked celebrities to go on Twitter and announce that the 405 Freeway will be closed all weekend. Yawn.
Speaking of the freeway, this is not Kathy Griffin‘s best look:
However, this is a very good look for Ricky Gervais:
In spite of his technical difficulties, I still say Steve Martin is the only old man who should be allowed on Twitter:
As for Sarah Silverman, she is so right about this next thing. She should be a theater critic!
I think Yoko Ono is trying to get all existential and meta:
(I read that and snorted, and then I looked up and stared at my off-kilter lampshade, which is always and irretrievably off-kilter, and then I sloooowly realized that maybe Yoko Ono wants me to tilt my entire living room to match my one lampshade.)
Rob Schneider hasn’t made a good movie in ages—or ever?—but his career could be worse. He definitely has his priorities straight:
P.S. Jerry Seinfeld just joined Twitter. Should we tell him about Google+? Or should we let him wait five years?
July 16, 2011 at 6:30 am by Jenn
Last night at the Producers Guild Awards, director Judd Apatow took the mic and said what he thinks about the British comedian’s jokes. Here are some of his best lines:
“He had that joke about the guy on Lost. He said he ate everybody else. Let’s be honest — Ricky Gervais just lost weight. Even now he’s four pounds away from not being allowed to do a joke like that. Did he lose weight just to make fat jokes? You think that’s how mean he is?”
On Gervais’ joke about Charlie Sheen: “Leno did it a week before. I think he’s an OK target. The people at CBS have said as long as he shows up on time, knows his lines, he can do whatever he wants.”
On Gervais’ joke about The Tourist: “(Gervais) says the characters were two-dimensional. Then he says he hasn’t seen The Tourist. So as a comedian, that’s not fair, is it? To make jokes about a movie you haven’t seen. I can’t do a joke about (Gervais’s movie) The Invention of Lying because I haven’t seen it. You haven’t seen it. None of us have seen it. So the joke would not work.”
“Tim Allen did 200 episodes of Home Improvement. He was in three of the highest grossing movies of all time. And his latest just crossed the one billion mark. Whereas The Invention Of Lying made $18 million dollars worldwide…Leave Tim Allen alone.”
So, a lot of people are still pretty upset about the things Ricky said, I guess.
Thing is, I’m not sure that it matters if Hollywood’s mad at him. The dude’s not famous over here the way he is in the UK, so I don’t think he’s ever really relied on our audiences and our film industry to keep him afloat.
He was hired to host the Globes with the producers knowing exactly what kind of comedian he was and frankly, vilifying people never goes as far as the haters hope it would. In fact, when it comes to comedians, authors and tabloid princesses, it usually only helps.
Do you think Judd was right for calling Ricky out or do you think that he should have taken the high road?
January 23, 2011 at 11:41 am by Molls
If you’re not familiar with the humor of British comedian Ricky Gervais, you might have been a little bit surprised at some of his barbs during his Golden Globe hosting duties. Ricky’s known for functioning on the “funny because it’s true” side, which means that some of the topics he hits on are often considered off-color by many. Then of course there are the folks that lap up his brand of brutal honesty peppered with punchlines.
The reviews of his hosting job are coming in and almost all of them are scathing. Personally, I thought he gave us exactly what we should have expected. Beside, there’s something to be said about a host who actually says what everyone at home’s thinking. Who needs to watch a host kiss the asses of a room full of people that live their lives having their asses kissed by the entire world?
Chime in with your thoughts on Ricky’s hosting job by participating in the poll and in the comments.
January 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm by Molls
“I like a drink as much as the next man – unless the next man is Mel Gibson.”
- Ricky Gervais introducing Mel Gibson while hosting the Golden Globes last night.
January 18, 2010 at 10:14 am by Molls
Last night was the premiere of The Invention of Lying or as I see it, last night was was the night that Jennifer Garner let everyone know that she does like Ricky Gervais but does not like Rob Lowe.
Clearly, Jennifer has her pre-baby body back into fighting form. She wore an absolutely beautiful sheath dress by Gucci that is hand-embroidered and beaded. Speaking of looking svelte, check out Ricky Gervais, huh? Though he’s been known for pissing off fat people everywhere, he was always a little stout himself. Not so much anymore. Oh, and he may spent too much time wagging his scrotum in his nannies faces, but Rob Lowe is still really, really hot.
Also there: Jonah Hill, Kenny G, Jay Manuel and Paris Latsis. If you don’t remember, Paris is the shipping heir who was engaged to the other Paris — Paris Hilton — for a short period of time in 2005. The photo agencies are tagging him as an Executive Producer. I wonder if he has a better grasp of the “producer” job description than his ex-fiancee?