Ricky Gervais Show Season 1 DVD
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DVD: Release Date: 01/04/2011
Featuring: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington

The Ricky Gervais Show

Podcasts have become an increasingly popular method of broadcasting, as everyone spends more and more time online. But like radio, they can often be relegated to background noise as we go about our business. The trick with holding viewers’ attention fully is also providing a visual stimulus, and that’s where “The Ricky Gervais Show” has struck gold. It’s an animated show. It’s a podcast. It’s both!

The podcast began as Gervais and his longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant got the idea in their heads to record a series of conversations with Karl Pilkington – a man with a fairly round head full of wondrous notions, fantasies and nonsense.

It became so popular that they hold the Guinness World Record for most downloads. This in turn led to bringing in animators to add even more humor to the mix. The visual accompaniment adds to the storytelling aspect of it all, and for us Yanks, helps mitigate any British-to-American translation issues.

Each episode follows a similar format, as Ricky and Stephen either prompt Karl themselves or use questions sent in by listeners. Monkey News (yes, news concerning monkeys) and readings from Karl’s Diary are also recurring segments sure to bring about a ludicrous and hilarious discussion.

Some may find the humor a bit off putting, as Karl is the butt of every joke and it may feel mean spirited. However, he never seems to get too upset about the ribbing he receives and fans of Gervais and Merchant are sure to laugh themselves silly.

“The Ricky Gervais Show” is one of the funniest, and oddly thought-provoking, forms of entertainment out there. If you enjoy listening to people’s discussions, it’s a must-watch and I’m giving it the show itself a 4.5 out of 5.

4.5 out of 5



DVD Information:



Dolby Digital 5.1 sound; Dolby Digital. Widescreen (1.85:1).


English (for the hearing impaired); French.



Extra Features:

Channel 4 Comedy Gala Animation

— A quick joke taken from one of the podcasts, this segment lasts a whopping 91 seconds and while funny, hardly qualifies as a quality extra.

Episode Storyboard

— If you’re an animator or technically minded, this may appeal to you but it’s simply a series of storyboards for one of the finished episodes available in the first season.


The Sobering Conclusion:


Fans of Gervais and Merchant may have already heard many of these conversations but the addition of animation helps to make the material feel fresh. There are moments of ridiculous hilarity and although there are no appreciable extras, the first season of “The Ricky Gervais Show” is a sure-fire addition to your comedy DVD collection.