Skip to comments.Ricky Gervais too funny for Hollywood
Posted on 01/17/2011 6:21:22 AM PST by Red Badger
"I warned them."
Returning Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais did indeed let it be known that he wasn't going to hold back in skewering Hollywood's most famous celebrities. And, in what will undoubtedly be his last hosting gig for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (and, who knows, maybe any Stateside awards) he didn't disappoint.
But in the process of making searingly funny jokes at more than just the obvious targets (Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, the HFPA itself), the heat he put into the punch lines might have made him more of the story than the actual winners.
And yet, it made for compelling -- if sometimes wince-inducing -- television. Given the staid lameness of most awards shows -- hello, Emmys -- at least he kept those who are not in the industry laughing uproariously. (His "I warned them" line came after a particularly funny joke about Hugh Hefner's new fiancee, complete with physical comedy and facial expressions).
Gervais' biting lines were scattered at various stars (and movies like The Tourist), with not everyone taking kindly to the treatment. Bruce Willis seemed miffed to be called the father of Ashton Kutcher, Robert Downey Jr. seemed to take slight umbrage about his rehab past (before going into his own salacious and super speech), etc. Even when the jokes weren't directed at them, some stars took gentle swipes back, as when Tom Hanks, who just received a rave recitation of his career achievement from Gervais, protected Tim Allen, who received none.
Gervais's jokes were so incendiary that when he went missing during the second half of the show, the Twitterverse lit up with suggestions that he'd been fired backstage. Clearly, Gervais had done so much damage entertaining the viewers at home (or appalling them, depending on their belief in decorum),
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I just listened as my wife watched he was boring
Apparently the Hollyweird Crowd can’t handle criticism, even if it’s in jest................
Rick Gervais is a solid atheist and his last movie mocked religion.
That whole show was truly disgusting. I only watched to see a few of the old timers and to see is Colin Firth would win for best actor. It was a gay parade and Gervais was not funny. Would have loved to see Bruce Willis take him out.
So the atheist host didn’t attack Christians and Sarah Palin and Republicans...instead, he turned his focus on the people being “honored” by a foreign press corps(e) and make jokes about THEM?!
...and the Hollywood types are ANGRY?
I tell you, wonders will never cease.
I thought Ricky G. was very funny in the original “Office” series, by the way. He is a talented comedic actor.
But you can get rave reviews for a meat dress and filthy videos.......
The only time that I sort of winced was when he implied that Tom Cruise was gay. LOL
Ricky Gervais: There is no God.
God: There is no Ricky Gervais ....................
He was anything but boring...I thought it was great to hear all the hollyweird types get roasted...funny...and true. I bet every one of them was trembling in fear when they knew their name would be called by him.
Anything but boring. Not sure what it would take to get a rise from you with your sense of humor. ;-)
Maybe they should hire Sarah Silverman. She’s raunchy, vicious, has no conscience, etc. She’s also not really that funny when doing her own material - just like Gervais.
Cruise and Travolta.
This is slightly off-topic so please forgive me. I just can’t get over the amount of awards shows nowadays. It’s unreal. I was going to go search for a list of awards shows and post them, but I tried that before and couldn’t find a comprehensive list. To me, there should be ......3...... awards shows, the Oscars (movies), Emmys (TV), and the Grammys (music). Those cover everything that is important as far as entertainment goes. Every other awards show is a waste of time and oxygen. If an actor/actress doesn’t have some kind of award they must really suck, given the number of awards floating around. Personally, I don’t watch any awards show. Spending several hours watchin a group of people I don’t like kissing each others butt doesn’t inspire me. I’d rather watch South Park or play WoW for a bit. The two worst awards shows....Tonys (gay awards) and the Image awards (racist awards). :)
We have awards show for everything except stuff that really matters..............
Amen to that I wanna borrow that
Maybe next year the PC crowd can get Wanda Sikes and laugh when she hopes Rush Limbaugh dies of cancer
Maybe obama will come sit in the front row and giggle
Wow sorry for having independent thought
I think that jibe was intended for both Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
I thought he was funny. (just watched the clip-not the whole show).
As you say, Hollywood types usually get their giggles at the expense of conservatives. Apparently they don’t take it that well when the barbs are directed at them.
Go, Ricky G.
I’m so “out of touch” with movies that the only actor/actress’s name I recognized in the news scroll at the bottom of Fox was Annette Benning. And I didn’t recognize the names of any of the movies. Actually the only movie I’ve saw in a theater last year, because I thought it was worth the admission price, was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Gervais doesn’t need Hollywood anymore and he’s doing to Hollywood what Hollywood does to those it doesn’t need anymore. He’ll do fine off of his residuals and royalties.
Golden Globes Scandal May Require FCC Action
“A former Golden Globes publicist’s allegations that members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association buy and sell nominations for gifts and other perks might force the Federal Communications Commission to get involved.
An FCC official told TheWrap that this was an area governed by the federal agency under so-called “sponsorship identification” regulations.
We are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the public airwaves, including enforcing ‘sponsorship identification rules,’ the official told TheWrap.”
OFCOURSE ZERO’S DONORS WILL TELL HIM THAT THE FCC NEEDS TO BACK OFF.
In the old days, the Oscars were fun to watch because that was the ONLY time we saw actors not acting. They said a gracious thank you and we still liked them after. The fantasy was unbroken.
Actually, that is what sorta started the uproar, after he joked about two gay Scientology men pretending to be straight. Anyone who has ever peeked a tab while standing in line at the grocery store knew that he meant Cruise and Travolta. Someone from the audience groaned and Ricky said something along the lines that it was okay because "they weren't there" tonight. He also added that his jokes had been lawyer vetted.
Just watched the highlights.....the HFPA wanted Gervais to kiss their arrogant, high and mighty behinds and Gervais pretty much said no.
Celebs got what deserve. It brought them down to earth and that’s a good thing.
And I loved all the film clips of DeNiro's hits and how humble he was when he said there were many, many films he had made that few had ever seen-they were bad, bad, bad.
I can only conclude that Ricky was the show; the “actors” were simply the scenery.
I think there are enough awards shows to support it’s own cable channel - The Entertainment Awards Show Channel.
They have one. It’s called MTV..........
Why is there no music on Music Television?.............
Hollywood has gotten so vile and vulgar that it's become the Gemorah to San Franpsycho's Sodom!!!
I am trying to remember the last awards show I watched. I think it was the year 'Titanic' won everything. That's the Oscars, right?
There are so many award shows because it is hands-down the cheapest way for a production company and a network to get big ratings.
You get lots of high priced TV and movie and music talent in one room — and you don’t have to pay them.
Maybe you mount one ‘Glee’ style production number for the rubes. And the band and the director get paid. But the production costs are peanuts — no sound stages or locations, no screenplay, no acting, no filming, no special effects that take weeks, months, or even years to produce. You can put the whole thing together in a few weeks.
So all these award shows aren’t going away until the ratings diminish where they’re no longer profitable.
Gervais insulted many rich and famous snobs and punctured hyper-inflated egos . . . Bravo ! I never watch these self-congratulatory ego fests myself. Like the academy awards ceremony, watching is a total waste of my time
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