derek

Remember a year and a half ago when Ricky Gervais got into some hot water for making fun of mentally disabled people and then explaining that he wasn’t making fun of mentally disabled people, he was making fun of people who believed in God? That’s pretty much what happened, I might be getting some of the details mixed up but you get the idea. (He’s an atheist! Did you know?!) And a trailer for his new show, Derek, was released months ago, but there is a new preview on-line today, and I think we can all agree that it is time to say goodbye to Ricky Gervais. Between his incessant Twitter fights with people about his garbage opinions (see above), to that photo he literally made the New York Times take of him even though they didn’t want to, to when he ruined the Golden Globes, an awards show that had previously been believed UNRUINABLE, and now this show in which he is playing a mentally disabled person even though he says he’s not playing a mentally disabled person, but only because he knows that he will get in trouble again, and also either way the real problem is that this isn’t funny (and outside of that amazing Liam Neeson clip, Life Is Short was not very good either, btw), it’s like, enough already. You know? LIFE IS SHORT AND IT IS FOR THE LIVING! We’re supposed to put up with his crap and watch whatever he poops out of his butthole? No thank you. Maybe when we have read all of the books that have ever been written, and watched every TV show, even all the old episodes of M.A.S.H. and even the one season of Models Inc. then we can watch a couple of episodes of Derek, decide that it’s terrible, and kill ourselves. Seriously, look at this shit:

Look, guys, The Office was literally a work of genius. Full stop. It’s hilarious, and also heartfelt, and it influenced lots of today’s comedy, and it made Ricky Gervais hundreds of millions of dollars. We would never try to take that away from him. And we couldn’t if we wanted to. But we don’t! He should have it! He earned it! But enough with this other stuff. It’s too much. It stinks. This stinks. He stinks. I’m not having a laugh, I really mean it. Goodbye, Ricky Gervais!

Comments (36)
  1. I never thought a trailer for something with Karl Pilkington would ever make me groan, but here we are.

  2. They play that song every time they want you to feel sentimental. It’s dumb.

  3. Ricky Gervais is that friend you have who is really clever, but who also explains to you how clever he is at every possible moment.

    Except Ricky Gervais isn’t really all that clever.

  4. *Insert commemorative Blingee here*

  5. Ricky Gervais is the Kirk Cameron of the Christopher Hitchenses.

  6. I can barely understand what the guy is saying.

  7. Is this an actual trailer for something, or a joke trailer? It doesn’t look like a real show. Anyway, a friend of mine worked on Invention of Lying and has some terrible Ricky Gervais is an asshole stories. Apparently, he always insisted on filming his closeups first which is not how you shoot a movie. He also stole co-writing and co-directing credits because he’s a dick. But, I did like Life’s Too Short. Warwick Davis was surprisingly hilarious.

  8. I’ve begun to think that the reason The Office was so incendiary and hilarious was that the line between David Brent and Gervais was never as clear as you might think.

  9. BONUS VIEWING: Gervais turns Garry Shandling off big time. This never aired, apparently.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LljWm8umGIE

  10. that trailer is garbage. I hate that guy.

  11. I got about 11 seconds into this trailer. Making fun of people with special needs is the lowest form of “comedy.”

    • I haven’t seen the trailer but I have seen this show and it’s barely even trying to be a comedy. I think he’s trying to play a sweet and gentle-hearted character as a counter-balance to the disaster that is his current public image. Not that he cares too much about his public image (he doesn’t need to) but I think he’s vain enough or maybe just human enough to care a little bit.

      I didn’t think Derek was necessarily good but it wasn’t offensive. My only real problem with it was that it can’t be viewed without taking into consideration this Cult of Personality he imagines he’s created around himself, since the only reason I can think of for it to exist is as a reaction to that. So I kind of wish Ricky Gervais would try to engage with life outside of his celebrity bubble again so that maybe he could create something that wasn’t merely a byproduct of the Ricky Gervais Echo Chamber.

  12. He was pretty funny as the troll doctor friend in Louie, but I think he was playing a very slightly exaggerated version of himself, and who wants to have anything to do with that guy in real life?

  13. This doesn’t look that bad or offensive, honestly. Just from the trailer, he doesn’t appear to be making fun of the mentally ill, and if he casts some light on the way institutionalized people live, is that so bad?

    Also, “Extras” was really good, people! Why are we pretending that “Extras” didn’t exist?

  14. An Idiot Abroad is good. I like that show, which is a show Ricky Gervais is currently involved with, so I can’t say I hate him so fervently. But also, most of the genius of that show comes from Karl Pilkington.

  15. In that top photo, he looks exactly like Hitler with a shave and a sweater. (Eesh, it’s only January 3, so who knows what this year’s trends will be? I hope 2013 isn’t the year I keep seeing Hitler.)

  16. Gabe, normally I quite like what you say, but today you have crossed a line. Models, Inc. is brilliant I say. BRILLIANT.

  17. Life’s Too Short was a failure, but I have to dissent in this thread. I watched the pilot of Derek and liked it a lot. Ricky Gervais is not making fun of people with special needs, in fact Derek is self-sufficient in the show. What sets him apart is he a bit of a social outsider, but there is another character who has even more trouble fitting in, whose mental faculties are “normal.” Gervais plays this as a straight dramatic role. If anything, it’s too sentimental—there’s room to criticize it there for being condescending, but I don’t feel that way. I’m not saying this couldn’t become a car wreck, but to me the pilot doesn’t have the problems you might assume it to.

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  19. Very cool outtakes.

  20. Hey, has anyone seen Cemetery Junction? I thought it was great. I have not given up on Ricky yet. The rest of y’all can go ahead and hate away.

  21. Special Brew. The king of beers.

  22. I watched the first episode of Derek and I genuinely think it’s one of the most awful and misguided things I’ve ever seen. Gervais is clearly trying to make something really touching and heartwarming that will shame anyone who criticises it. But because he has no self-awareness and is obviously surrounded by sycophants, it is hackneyed and embarrassing and has ‘heartwarming’ cues that even a mawkish 15 year old would cringe at. One dimensional cardboard saintly carer, one dimensional cardboard bureacrat villian. Soppy piano music over everything. Old people treated as adorable props.

    Aside from being treacly and sentimental, it’s also not that well made. His portrayal of Derek is lazy and half-arsed – he forgets to make the ‘Derek face’ that he came up half the time. The writing of the character is completely inconsistent. There’s a scene where someone asks if Derek has been tested for autism (that loads of Twitter idiots are telling Gervais was really powerful and moving mmmkay) – it’s set up in the scene that Derek has never heard of autism and doesn’t know what it is, yet he knows that people suffering from autism are ‘autistic’, yet he pronounces it ’tistic’. ARGH.

    Gervais’ Twitter feed is a study in desperate ego gratification at the moment. He said there that he wants people to ‘realise’ that Derek is the ‘greatest role model around’. Greatest role model around? In the entire world of role models both real and fictional? Sure, why not. You, Ricky Gervais, are Harper Lee and Derek is Atticus Finch.

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