British reviewers aren't wasting any beautifully-articulated words taking down the new Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant sitcom "Life's Too Short" (coming stateside next year), calling it derivative of "The Office" but not as funny, a showpiece for Gervais' "ego," and ham-fisted in its treatment of star Warwick Davis, an actor who happens to be a dwarf (one scene apparently has him struggling to reach something for awhile; end joke).
They did however agree on one bright spot -- a 5 minute cameo by Liam Neeson at the episode's end in which the famously stoic actor seeks Gervais' and Merchant's advice on how to break into comedy. What follows is a hilarious set-up and perfectly-delivered punchline shouldered expertly by Neeson and the rest. Maybe all the show needs is a hunky, famous actor? Revolutionary practice, we know!
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