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DVD REVIEW – The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO, Channel 4)

By Stewart Sutherland 

What do you get when you take a comedian, an BAFTA Award-winning writer and an uneducated radio producer and put them in a small room with a set of microphones? The answer is the most downloaded podcast ever recorded. Over two hundred thousand people have tuned in to hear Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington gather for “pointless conversations” about everything from religion, travel, reproduction, charity and monkeys. After debuting on HBO and Channel 4 in 2010, the animated version of their first ground-breaking series, The Ricky Gervais Show, is now available on DVD.

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FILM REVIEW – The Invention Of Lying

By Stewie Sutherland

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If there’s one man in our time who could claim to be a Jack of all trades, it would be Britain’s own Ricky Gervais. Actor, comedian, singer, author of children’s books, podcaster, script writer, TV star and creator of Extras, The Office and the theory that supermarkets hide their cakes behind narrow doors to ward off larger-sized people. Gervais himself (I find) is a man for only a select crowd at his un-filtered best; his live tour of America, Out Of England, was a sell out but subject to criticism, poking jokes that he managed to get away with, but could quite easily have backfired on him.

Alternatively, his work on creating and staring in Extras and The Office have each received award nominations and critical success, the former winning a Golden Globe while the latter has been remade for audiences in four different countries. Both ran for only two seasons but have been the subject of their own cult followings and have proven his depth at being able to create different realities from the simplest ideas. Love him or hate him, Ricky Gervais has proven that he knows comedy inside and out, and being a co-writer, co-director and main star of his new movie, I settled in to watch The Invention of Lying with a high grade of expectancy.

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BOOK REVIEW – America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction By Jon Stewart

By Stewie Sutherland

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It’s really no secret that I’m a big fan of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which is beamed to many countries’ basic cable providers. For this reason it might be overlooked. The show, hosted by Comedy Central in America, is also only available via cable there, and isn’t the most well-known program. If you look for it though, you can find it: the show has gained such popularity that it now includes a Global Edition (The Daily Show airs Monday-Thursday – due to the lag in transmission, it is played in other countries Tuesday to Friday, with a recap of the previous week’s best moments in a special format for Monday).

They’re very busy people, yet somehow they managed to get enough time to write this incredible book of historical inaccuracy, political scandals and “what not to do if you’re trying to become a democracy”. In case all of this is Greek to you, I’m happy to explain it! Continue reading

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