1. His hilariously insulting depiction of Karl Pilkington
More commonly referred to as the “round-headed buffoon,” Karl Pilkington is relentlessly ridiculed from series to series on The Ricky Gervais Show by the magnetic duo, Gervais and Merchant. Often covering the most arbitrarily mundane topics, they successfully achieve compulsive and addictive comedy simply by drawing out foolishly ignorant remarks from the adoringly naïve “bald, Manc, twat”. Throughout a six-week road trip around Europe, lacking the luxury of the internet and stimulating conversation from an ex, I listened to the complete series podcast a whole four times. From raging arguments, wrong turns and queues of traffic, Ricky’s bold infectious laughter was a united highlight. Perhaps he should venture into relationship therapy.
2. His Golden Globe speeches.
An anomaly compared to the stereotypical Hollywood hosts, the lad from Reading has not only revolutionised twenty-first-century comedy but has transformed the world of award ceremonies. In his Golden Globe speeches, Gervais epitomises authenticity, controversy and offensive humour, becoming increasingly more wounding each year. It's painful to watch. I suppose you can a liken the experience to a getting a tattoo – raw, scarring and teeth-clenching, the feeling so memorably addictive you want to repeat repeat repeat. Hosting the awards four times since 2010, he has been accused of being too cruel and scandalous to the precious celebs, but, my, what colourful and captivating viewing it makes. Mirroring the A-List actors tenderly waiting for persecution, we shall remain on the edge of our seats awaiting the hopeful return of our favourite charismatic comedian for The Golden Globes 2018.
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4. His activism within the animal rights movement.
It’s a struggle to imagine Ricky to inhabit even a micro cell of seriousness but although sparse, it is highly valued. His dedication to animal rights has spurred much debate and awareness for the cause, with Gervais’ incredibly worthy and vocal opinions being of great assistance. As he himself articulates, “Animals don’t have a voice. But I do. A loud one. I’m a f***ing big mouth. My voice is for them. And I’ll never shut up while they suffer.”
5. His mighty mockumentary creations.
Last but certainly not least, Ricky Gervais was undoubtedly the trailblazer for mockumentary comedy. Famously characterised as David Brent, Gervais has progressed and excelled away from his initial role in the award winning ‘The Office’ to creating, directing, producing and starring in a multitude of other various mockumentaries. The American remake was a huge hit, propelled by Steve Carrell’s loveable character Michael Scott, likewise was ‘Extras’, ‘An Idiot Abroad’ and ‘Derek’. We were fortunate enough to see the return of David Brent in cinemas at the beginning of this year, in “David Brent: A Life on the Road”. Abundantly ladened with talent, initiative and courageous creativity, it's hard to capture the words to give Ricky Gervais the justice he deserves. He is simply, “simply the best.” Perhaps this concluding snippet will be of help.