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Toneet at half nine on BBC2. Someone remind me.
has anyone ever used those whitening strips for your teeth? I'm tempted to get some but they're about 30 quid!
now an incompetent accountant...?
Liam Neeson's been pretty good though.
Barry has just made ir 200% better though
not that they're comparable in any way
up until that it was Extras with David Brent as the central character played by a dwarf and the whole thing influenced by those Chris Lilly programmes in Australia.
or even worse Little Britain
although unfortunately more Come Fly With Me than Little Britain....?
the neeson sketch was great, but it wasn't anything to do with Wawrick Davis. was kind of just stuck in there. didn't seem to have any relevance. Was brilliant though.
overal a bit meh-ssy
The rest was the kind of now standard BBC2 sitcom format of being fairly enjoyable but not really being that funny.
There were funny bits (Neeson, Davis boasting about his skills in the bedroom to an embarrassed Gervais & Merchant) but overall it felt a bit disjointed and crap.
That said the trailer for next week's episode seemed to suggest something better and more of a conventional sitcom episode structure, as opposed to this first episode which felt a bit fragmented.
i hope it delivers
and which bits were written by Merchant really easily, was weird
agree with whats been said above in that the Neeson scene saved it even though it did feel like it had just been shoehorned in.
Ricky Gervais has his thing and he's sticking to it - albeit with ever diminishing returns
The Office>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Extras>>>>>> Life's too short (so far anyway)
Barry saved it!
although I'd prefer less Warwick Davies and more Ricky Gervais/Steve Merchant. Basically, the whole thing should be set in their office.
mainly funny in the neeson bit, tho other scenes fell a bit flat
first big laugh was warwick getting out of the car tho :D
Was exactly the same as the office, with two bits lifted from Extras (the celebrity cameo and the shit accountant). Complete waste of Warwick Davies talents, albeit he deserves an award for managing to pull off such a perfect Brent/Gervais impersonation, as requested.
on the grounds that it is similar to what Gervais has done before. All comedians basically do the same thing over and over - it's their act. Whether you find it funny or not is a different matter, but no one would expect Buster Keaton to suddenly be Groucho Marx, or Russell Brand to be Jack Dee, or Lee Evans to be Norman Wisdom.
Ok, scratch that last one.
It was purely recycled 'characters' and it shows they don't know that their schtick has got old. It wasn't actually funny at any point either.
what were people really expecting? Larry David gets away with making 15 series (or however many it is) of Curb.
I didn't think it was the funniest thing ever but was certainly alright. Warwick Davies falling out of the Land Rover was pretty funny. It's the first episode where there's a load of scene setting - these episodes generally aren't the greatest.
I'll probably judge it once I've watched the whole series.
Curb is still Curb, this is a new sitcom from Gervais and Merchant. If Larry David decided to make a new show with a new central character, but then just made that character act like Larry David, it'd be shit.
it's always going to be that borderline Brent humour - it was the same with Extras. Did anyone really expect a whole new direction?
Maybe is a bit disappointing that they seem to have given Warwick too many Brent mannerisms when he could create his own new character (he could still do, we've only seen one episode).
and they're short series by US standards. There's been 80 episodes so far, we're hardly talking Simpsons levels of running a show into the ground just yet.
Plus Curb Your Enthusiasm remains great.
Sorry I'm off topic here, haven't had a chance to see Life's Too Short yet.
Whereas Gervais really only has one joke.
kinda shows up the bullshit of that line about british tv (esp. from gervais): 'oh we only made 2 series w/ only 6 episodes, and we wrote it all ourselves! look at our integrity. wow" when what follows those 2 series is basically just the same thing but transposed into a much, much shitter concept
...whereas sticking with the same basic premise, extending it, throwing in different writers, bringing in new characters might create the odd dud episode but *can* make a much more interesting comedy in the end
I've got full blown AIDS
that could've been a comic relief sketch or something tho couldnt it...i mean err next week, we'll see
And the guy was like 66 If you had said your name was Verne Troyer I'd have been impressed 99
Christ Almighty. Absolute shit.
7 years since The Office Xmas Specials. That's 7 years since Gervais did anything remotely funny.
I laughed out loud quite a lot. Some of it was slightly familiar Gervais/Merchant stuff but that's ok. Looking forward to the rest.
I don't care if it's a bit of a rehash, it is funny. If The Office and Extras never existed everyone would love it, and that's how I judge tv shows so shove off.
I loved Warwick's face and delivery when he said 'You can't go shouting 'Warwick Davis' on the street'. Brilliant.
The rest of the time I sat watching in stony silence. Not funny at all
I can't now Liam I
LET'S DO some improvisational comedy
Thought it was a bit shit
Got a fair few laughs.
(although the 'ffs' at the end of the signing scene was totally Andy from extras)
the rest was average again.
feel like a total fool for laughing at it now.
is still the greatest best man's speech in comedy.
I've got a tumor.
Still very hit and miss.
it's impossible to watch it in isolation from their previous stuff so you end up seeing quite a lot of David Brent moments. For all the cringe comedy the funniest bits are the slapstick physical stuff as Warwick dancing or falling out of a jeep.
I sincerely hope they don't try and shoehorn a celebrity into each episode as it is so weak and doesn't really add anything and seems out of place. Curb showed how it should be done.
primarily because he was doing less of the talking to the camera/ documentary makers
....and because of this it was much better
That's still quite cheap isn't it?
Generally very meh.
Gave Rev a second chance last night, too. Was actually watchable, but a similar amount of laughs to LTS, all told. i.e. not that many. Mostly dependent on Olivia Colman being on screen.
It's not a drama and I think it's a comedy but it certainly isn't funny.
(C) The Sarah Silverman Program
I enjoy watching it, but it has never actually made me laugh
and then didnt again right until the end.
agree with biscuit - the celebrity bits are annoying.
well done to stephen merchant though for having one line and making it the funniest moment of the entire episode.
I fancy his assistant a bit.
I think they should all thank Tim Key for making at least a few minutes of it watchable.
Normally hate him but his bit was absolutely inspired. I loved the rest of the show too BTW although it seems I'm in a minority.
(in the partridge web series, at least)
The bit with the handicapped kid was painful. Not painful-funny, just painful.
Also might seem stupid but how did he know how many visitors warwick davis the plumber had got to his site?
was seriously awful. I'm sure there was some kind of pseudo humour behind it that I'm not getting but it didn't make for very comfortable viewing.
Re: The series as a whole, there have been bits that have tickled me, but it's more of the same as has been alluded to already in the thread. The chances are that's deliberate on Gervais and Merchant's part but I don't think they need to be constantly taking the piss out of their audience. Perhaps it says something that I prefer Rev to this.
you're right otherwise though.
i'm a big warwick davis fan though, Willow was one of my favourite films as a child
at a book signing/reading of his autobiography. my GF's favourite film ever is Willow so i thought i'd go and get her a signed copy. sat thru a surprisingly entertaining 1 1/2 hrs of chat with maybe a dozen nerds before queueing for his autograph.
i asked him to write my GF's fave line from the film in the book but i got the names and line wrong. i tried again with another but i got that wrong too. he kept saying "er, thats not in the film...neither's that...or that...i don't even think that's in the film". this went on for about 5 minutes before he asked if i'd just like him to write something. i agreed.
he wrote "Dear Rachael, your boyfriend is troll dung. Warwick Davis"
an incredibly polite and patient man.
because that was basically just Extras with a dwarf. The other little fella flailing around on the floor after falling off his tricycle almost made up for it though.
None of it. Why would they use a bin and then can't be arsed even finishing the sentence cos it literally makes no sense.
Gervais has an unhealthy obsession with disability.
I thought it was really funny last night. I was almost crying at the bit with the wheelchair kid. GAY.
I can be a bit prone to gettin all po-faced about humour that involves things like this, but this one slipped under the radar and got me big time.
guess that makes me a bell end
I'm staggered that anyone thought it was even remotely watchable.
83 minutes of the first three have been about as funny as smack the pony.
The only saving grace has been that the funny bits have been pretty funny.
The Account/Lawyer scene was particularly poorly scripted.
celebrities appear in it for no real reason was so very very weak.
they don't add anything and I think it would be improved if they weren't in it at all.
It was awful.
the entire thing is starting to feel like gervais is phoning it in
love the awkwardness of it all
but was drunk on all occasions. sober this is pretty weak
still sort of hopeful that it'll grow in the last couple of episodes of the series or that it improves on repeated viewings.
when he was talking about how he didn't like that people's assumptions would be confirmed, if he dated another dwarf. the series seemed to come to life with something original, for about 1.5 seconds.
but this show really, really needs more Merchant action. He's just been sitting there doing facial expressions.
just thought all of you should know
totally over the duo really. still love merchant.
Gervais has got such a massive ego, Davies character is just like an exact incarnation of Gervais/Brent/The Extras Gervais character. Davies even vocally sounds just like Gervais too. Close your eyes and you hardly tell the difference.
Second 8.8 (really did enjoy it, Tim Key going mad, Johnny Depp's Gervais jokes, the ewok costume)
Each subseqeuent episode 4-5. Sad, I wanted to like it. Especially as the second ep gave me such high hopes. To be honest I knew it was in trouble when they did the same 'Oh yeah my schedule is pretty full' 'No, it's not, it's empty, nothing on, look' joke two weeks running.
but its pretty bad. not the worst thing gervais has ever done (invention of lying really is 0/10), nor the worst thing of that ilk (episodes is the worst thing ive ever seen, plus lilley's angry boys was painful if that counts) but hardly praise.
also whatever gervais guy in extras is called = nothing like david brent = nothing like actual/podcast gervais. but davis in this, really just is a dwarf david brent.
...and they pretty much get worse every week, from a starting point of not very good. The acting is horrendous but this is mainly down to the scripts which are unbelievably bad. While I'm not a massive Gervais fan, I did enjoy The Office and Extras which were both well written and performed.
This show isn't just more of the same of a tired concept though, it is actually utterly terrible. They could have made this really good - Warwick Davies can clearly act, but the situations are often obvious and almost always poorly developed. The dialogue is woeful. The direction (is it Gervais directing?) is baffling, if there is even any direction at all. The chap that played Garth Marenghi has basically been given no lines, and just been told to do that face he did in Garth Marenghi. I think the character of the secretary is probably the worst in comedy history.
Still, I have to watch the rest of the series just to see for myself what happens. It can't sink much lower than episode six.
Ricky Gervais mentioned last nights episode as being "his favourite" of the series on twitter a few weeks ago. Although one can always suspect that sort of thing to be a load of bs I didn't expect that the episode would in fact manage to be the worst so far...really very bad. He also said that Chegwin was going to say the most amazing thing on tv ever or something...it can't have been that line about auto-asphyxiation...surely...
Anyway I agree with you. The dialogue is woeful but it also mostly seems to sound like it was designed to come out of Gervais's mouth...the turn of phrase of all the characters seems so identifiably his. The plots have also been largely non-existant and all of the characters are so under-developed and 2-dimensional that there really is nothing to get into in the series. Something that made The Office and Extras so good was the story arches...you wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters. I can't see LTS going anywhere at all.
trying to write something in the same style as Gervais/Merchant but failing. BUT THIS IS THEM. It's like a self parody.
but the bit with the washing machines... Fucking hell :(
genuinely made me feel quite sad. I don't think it was supposed to though.
all of it just made me feel really sad
the cheggers bit had me in hysterics!
i think that it is clear that this is not gervais and merchant's strongest work and i dont think that you can be particularly over-analytical or scathing about it really.
this isn't a shit comedy programme, it's a decent enough one, that unfortunately doesnt hold a candle to some of their previous work
The ladders on the back of the door, the washing machine down the hill, Keith Chegwin talking about asphixiwanks - all killed me. Best bit was probably the accountant talking to Cat Deeley - "Sometimes i think i should just withdraw all my money, blow it all on prostitutes then kill myself"!
Have to ask, Ricky Gervais would have asked.
Very funny stuff.
Here we go.
noticeable lack of a-listers as well. Sophie Ellis-Bextor?! Cat Deeley...?! Not surprising really. It was terrible. Most half-arsed cliffhanger ending as well...
It seemed to get better from episode 4 onwards.
Around the 3rd/4th shows i was almost at the point of giving up on it, but it definitely got better. Episode 6 was superb, and 5 & 7 very good. Clearly it's not absolutely brilliant, but it's well worth watching.
Wasn't funny but it did become kind of absorbing
"you've got to laugh when you fall off a sofa".
and think the series has a whole has produced at least two or three genuine laughs each episode which is more than can be said about most bbc sitcoms
over the entire series.
I'd have preferred my licence fee went on another series of this....
Absolutely APPALLING. One of the worst comedies i've ever seen.
People may say "its not as bad as most things on BBC 3" but I think with comedy you get a cut off point where things are just bad, and making any distinction between things is pointless. Saying that though, the fact that this was by award winning writers probably makes it even worse than anything else I can think of. At least the BBC 3 stuff is aimed at teenagers and dullards with low IQs. And what makes it even worse still is the fact it could actually have been good if written well.
I was literally shaking my head in disbelief at the washing machine routine for instance, and there were far far more such instances throughout the series than actual laughs.
Anyone who is sticking up for the show or who genuinely enjoyed it ... I have no words apart from ... why?
i fucking hate the accountant character, dreadful
ruins any sense of poignancy or emotive attachment, something which was so evident in gervais/merchant's previous work.
plus about 1000+ other reasons why it's a bore