The pleasures of The Trip are subtle and absurd. The humor is found in the moment by a pair of witty performers who cast a gimlet eye on everything they encounter -- including each other.
There's this grainy Zapruder film of the world's best living comic, Louis C.K., appearing on The View, and he's getting completely manhandled.
The whole show reeked of older writers attempting to appeal to younger viewers. No, awkward references to smart-phone apps, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and "the Internet" are not going to appear cool to the young kids.
Like Gervais or not, you have to admit, more people are talking about the show than ever before. Next year The Golden Globes can go back to its usual mind numbing, fawning tedium.
So, I'm having a Rat Pack moment the other day, sipping a martini and listening to Frank Sinatra singing "L.A. Is My Lady," when it strikes me that writing Is my lady.
Around the globe, others are defending Gervais routine and urging Americans to get with the program. Here, the best worldwide reactions to the controversy.
This week, Silicon Valley rocked as Google turned the Page on Eric Schmidt, while Steve Jobs took another medical leave. And the media world was rocked when Keith Olbermann's Countdown hit 0. Elsewhere, Ricky Gervais kneed the Hollywood Foreign Press in its Golden Globes; Comcast became the proud owner of a Peacock; Sarah Palin sat down with Sean Hannity to tell him that she's "not going to sit down and shut up"; Barack Obama served Chinese at the White House; Joe Lieberman announced his retirement, then made us wish it wasn't two years away when he maintained that Saddam actually did have WMD; Gabby Giffords left the hospital for rehab; Citizens United turned one year old (next up: the GOP's attempt to repeal the presidential public financing system, putting elections even more in the hands of corporate donors); and JFK's "ask not" speech turned 50, its call to service as powerful -- and as needed -- as ever.
There has been a firestorm of criticism cast at British comedian Ricky Gervais, following a caustic performance as host of the Golden Globes. The comedic onslaught prompted defensive reactions from some actors and comedians.
The caustic Brit went after Hollywood royalty, making the show dangerous & exciting!
I was also delighted when Katey Sagal won for Sons of Anarchy. Kudos also for Chris Colfer's win for Fox' Glee. But then we had to listen to Gervais again.
Gervais was the only thing that made the patently bogus Golden Globe Awards broadcast bearable Sunday night. His point -- and it's the truth -- was that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a joke.
Off the top of my head, I can't tell you which film won big at last year's Golden Globes. What I do remember quite vividly, however, is host Ricky Gervais drinking beer, promoting his DVDs, and taking pot shots at Mel Gibson seconds before the fallen star walked on stage.
The Me Generation has given way to the Hear Me Generation, and it's getting a little annoying. When all are talking at the same volume we can't hear anyone. And who wants to, anyway?