I spent part of the afternoon watching the first four episodes of The Ricky Gervais show on HBO on Demand which equaled 2 hours of me trying my best not to piss myself.
HBO’s The Ricky Gervais Show is a new spin on some older material. Originally a UK radio show which became a podcast and then a series of audiobooks, the American version takes the podcast/audiobook shows and gives the audience something to watch.
Every episode we’re presented with the basic roundtable animation of Gervais, Stephen Merchant (one of the co-stars of Extras) and Karl Pilkington. But as their conversations start do descend into insanity (30 seconds in, pretty much) we’re treated with little animations of the absurd scenarios that somehow flow like Niagara from Karl’s brain.
I found myself laughing so hard that I had to pause the show regularly just so I could catch everything, it’s really that funny. The entire show is practically Karl spouting the most fantastic bullshit while Gervais and Merchant chime in through spasms of laughter, telling him point-blank how full of crap he is.
I have to say that even though there isn’t much offered here you can’t get plenty of through the podcasts and audiobooks, it is nice to watch in the safety of your home, as listening to this on the street or in your car WILL cause people to stare at you like a first-rate mental case as you cackle.
If you have HBO and HBO on Demand, you simply have to watch. Simple as that.