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'Life's Too Short' Series Premiere: Liam Neeson Tries His Hand At Improv Comedy (VIDEO)

First Posted: 02/20/2012 8:51 am Updated: 02/20/2012 12:51 pm

"High Spirits" aside, Liam Neeson is not exactly noted for his forays into the world of comedy, but on the "Life's Too Short" (Sun., 10:30 p.m. EST on HBO) Series Premiere he decided to expand his horizons and give improv comedy a whirl.

Just like "Extras," "Life's Too Short" features stars sending themselves up in "real-life" scenarios. Lampooning his austere reputation, "The Grey" star stopped by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's office to show off his comic chops. Only to prove that the mockumentary version of Neeson didn't really have any.

Trying various scenarios where he played a hypochondriac visiting the doctor's office, Neeson was deliberately incapable of introducing any levity into his performance.

Playing himself as the straightest straight man to an increasingly bored and irritated Gervais, Neeson wanted to inject pathos and drama into the scenarios they tried out. He was snippy, he was awkward and, well, he was a bit intimidating.

As his fellow "Star Wars" alum Warwick Davis looked on in bewilderment, Neeson ploughed on. In answer to Gervais' doctor asking, "What seems to be the problem?" Neeson sighed and deadpanned, "I've contracted AIDS."

Don't give up the day job, Liam!

Check out Maureen Ryan's take on "Life's Too Short."

Warwick Davis has revealed that he's currently in negotiations to host his own talk show. Follow his other show business adventures on "Life's Too Short," Sundays at 10:30 p.m. EST on HBO.

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