Caryn James

Gervais Skewers Fame in Life's Too Short, With Tall Guest Liam Neeson

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 19, 2012 8:30 AM
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No one is smarter or funnier at tweaking celebrity than Ricky Gervais, and if you loved the inexhaustible wit of Extras as I did, you will probably also love his new HBO series Life’s Too Short, even though it doesn’t revolve around Gervais himself. Created by Davis, Gervais and his often underappreciated creative partner Stephen Merchant, the hero – or self-defeating anti-hero – is Warwick Davis, a dwarf and an actor who plays a skewed version of himself much the way Larry David does on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Davis is fine, but let’s be honest: the heart of the show is Gervais and Merchant, who in every episode meet some wildy funny star who makes a cameo appearance. This week’s guest scene is - and I am not exaggerating – one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, and the unlikely comic is Liam Neeson.

Ricky Gervais Returns As Globes Host; Celebrate With This Liam Neeson Video

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 16, 2011 5:32 PM
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Hard to believe, but now that Ricky Gervais has been announced as the returning host,  The Golden Globes are much more relevant than the Oscars – in the worlds of media and television if not film. Bringing Gervais back after his irreverent turn last time was always an inspired idea, but coming so soon after the Oscar-host debacle, the choice highlights just how out of touch the Oscars are. Brett Ratner as producer and Eddie Murphy as host was never very promising, but replacing them with Billy Crystal is the esssence of safe, timid television, or a bad flashback.

Ricky Gervais Talks About Globes, Johnny Depp, His New HBO Series

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 14, 2011 9:29 AM
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Ricky Gevais was interviewed at the 92nd St Y in New York last night by my old New York Times friend and media reporter Bill Carter, and in 90 minutes  - which seemed like a blip of time – their sharp conversation covered everything from whether Gevais will be back as host of the Golden Globes, the difference between British and American comedy, and his new HBO series, “Life’s Too Short” (on now in the UK, coming to HBO in February).  Gervais sipped a glass of beer during the chat, and close-up, his uniform black pants looked like tuxedo pants worn with a black T-shirt (more stylish than you thought, isn’t he?)

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