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After being hooked into the world of podcasts (I had no idea!), I found and subscribed to Ricky Gervais' podcasts along with a pile of others and took them along with me on some errands. I was super excited about Mr. Gervais' podcast, but when it came on, it was only about 45 seconds long and was an advert for his hosting of the Golden Globes later that week. I was a little disappointed that the podcast was so short but it was good to see that Mr. Gervais was working and I looked forward to seeing the best bits of his show the next day.
Little did I know what had transpired that evening when I flipped open my laptop and searched for Ricky Gervais.
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The Man in Question
For those who did not see Mr. Gervais' Golden Globes hosting performance, you can always see it on YouTube [ link ]. He essentially turned the Golden Globes into a minor roast of sorts. He can be seen charring and scarring a large swath of Hollywood, including Steve Carrell, Charlie Sheen, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise, among many others. Thanks to the social media and instant access to content, bloggers, critics and celebrities began trouncing on Gervais and his comedy for being tasteless, rude and unfunny. For every person he offended, however, he found a supportive person who got the joke. Subsequently, it continues to rage as a topic across blogs and Twitter feeds, Facebook walls and RSS feeds. (Oh, the irony!)
I personally thought Gervais was very funny throughout the night. Some of his gags were quite bold and some were quite mild but it was an enjoyable experience, if not mildly uncomfortable at certain points. When the dig he got in at Tom Cruise got a groan and shocked guffawing from the audience, I squirmed a little bit, I'll admit it. It was still funny, though. Smeriously.
Humor is a subjective thing, though, and what's funny to me is not necessarily funny to you. I understand that for that reason, the uproar and the furor exist. Roasts aren't for everybody, and that's pretty much what the Golden Globes morphed into. But seriously, he didn't do a bad thing. Mr. Gervais did a great thing and if nothing else, he certainly got himself a lot of press and name recognition. If you didn't know his name before, you very well may know it now. Bravo, Mr. Gervais. Bravo indeed.
The Fun's on the One,