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Ricky Gervais too funny for Hollywood
Yahooooo ^ | 1-17-11 | By Tim Goodman

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: comedy; gervais; goldenglobes; hollywood
They can't take a joke................
1 posted on 01/17/2011 6:21:23 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

I just listened as my wife watched he was boring


2 posted on 01/17/2011 6:24:25 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: Red Badger

3 posted on 01/17/2011 6:25:44 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: al baby

Apparently the Hollyweird Crowd can’t handle criticism, even if it’s in jest................


4 posted on 01/17/2011 6:26:40 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Red Badger

Rick Gervais is a solid atheist and his last movie mocked religion.


5 posted on 01/17/2011 6:33:15 AM PST by AU72
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To: Red Badger

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.


6 posted on 01/17/2011 6:33:46 AM PST by MomwithHope (Wake up America we are at war with militant Islam and progressives - 2 fronts.)
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To: Red Badger

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.


7 posted on 01/17/2011 6:33:49 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Red Badger
It's called entertainment. We're so stupid PC...we don't know how to laugh out loud...particularly at ourselves.

But you can get rave reviews for a meat dress and filthy videos.......

8 posted on 01/17/2011 6:35:35 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Red Badger

The only time that I sort of winced was when he implied that Tom Cruise was gay. LOL


9 posted on 01/17/2011 6:39:29 AM PST by republicangel
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To: SoFloFreeper
I also thought that and he was good in the show “Extras.”Not so much now as his last performances remind me of an unfunny lib with BDS.
10 posted on 01/17/2011 6:40:46 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: AU72

Ricky Gervais: There is no God.
God: There is no Ricky Gervais ....................


11 posted on 01/17/2011 6:43:50 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: al baby
He was boring? Wow...maybe they should have thrown in some old fashioned slap-stick for you. lol

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. ;-)

12 posted on 01/17/2011 6:45:29 AM PST by NELSON111
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To: Red Badger

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.


13 posted on 01/17/2011 6:52:25 AM PST by vladimir998 (Copts, Nazis, Franks and Beans - what a public school education puts in your head.)
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To: republicangel

Cruise and Travolta.


14 posted on 01/17/2011 6:55:22 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Red Badger

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). :)


15 posted on 01/17/2011 6:55:52 AM PST by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Sporke

We have awards show for everything except stuff that really matters..............


16 posted on 01/17/2011 6:58:52 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Red Badger

Amen to that I wanna borrow that


17 posted on 01/17/2011 7:00:36 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: Red Badger

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


18 posted on 01/17/2011 7:01:51 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: NELSON111

Wow sorry for having independent thought


19 posted on 01/17/2011 7:03:27 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: republicangel
The only time that I sort of winced was when he implied that Tom Cruise was gay. LOL

I think that jibe was intended for both Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

20 posted on 01/17/2011 7:13:30 AM PST by truthkeeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


21 posted on 01/17/2011 7:16:09 AM PST by altura
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To: Red Badger

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.


22 posted on 01/17/2011 7:19:19 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Red Badger

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.


23 posted on 01/17/2011 7:24:35 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Red Badger

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.


24 posted on 01/17/2011 7:27:34 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: Sporke

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.


25 posted on 01/17/2011 7:31:05 AM PST by donna (Political Correctness is cultural Marxism - Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms.)
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To: republicangel
The only time that I sort of winced was when he implied that Tom Cruise was gay. LOL

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.

26 posted on 01/17/2011 7:37:52 AM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: altura

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.


27 posted on 01/17/2011 7:38:03 AM PST by max americana
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To: Red Badger
My fav moments were the "old timers" De Niro and Douglas. I even forgave Douglas for dating Mo Dowd in his misspent youth when he quipped during the standing O he got that there must be an easier way to get a standing ovation.

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.

28 posted on 01/17/2011 7:46:31 AM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: Red Badger
This morning, I watched a few YouTube videos of last night's Golden Globe -- Ricky Gervais’ clips. Pretty good stuff. Acerbic, original, well delivered, even self-deprecating at times, and “live”. I took note that no one seemed to go to the trouble to post videos of the performances of the actors and others who presented and received Golden Globe awards.

I can only conclude that Ricky was the show; the “actors” were simply the scenery.

29 posted on 01/17/2011 7:51:26 AM PST by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government footprint!)
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To: Red Badger

I think there are enough awards shows to support it’s own cable channel - The Entertainment Awards Show Channel.


30 posted on 01/17/2011 7:54:32 AM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

They have one. It’s called MTV..........
Why is there no music on Music Television?.............


31 posted on 01/17/2011 8:01:51 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Red Badger; Grampa Dave; calcowgirl; NormsRevenge
As I turned to NBC to catch the 11:PM headlines he was just signing off with his last blastpheme: "Thanks be to God who made it possible for me to be an Athiest!"

Hollywood has gotten so vile and vulgar that it's become the Gemorah to San Franpsycho's Sodom!!!

32 posted on 01/17/2011 9:55:39 AM PST by SierraWasp (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish man's heart to the left. (Eccl 10:2))
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To: Sporke
I just can’t get over the amount of awards shows nowadays.

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?

33 posted on 01/17/2011 10:00:48 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Sporke

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.


34 posted on 01/17/2011 11:18:10 AM PST by Blue Ink
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This no-talent hack Ricky Gervais did nothing to help the pathetic Golden Globes ceremony. He's just another sad liberal atheist. Very sad.

35 posted on 01/17/2011 11:37:11 AM PST by NoRedTape
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To: Red Badger
Watch Video Here

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

36 posted on 01/17/2011 11:51:52 AM PST by ex-Texan (Ecclesiastes 5:10 - 20)
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