Scott Colbourne had an insightful little piece on podcasting and Ricky Gervais in yesterday’s Globe (audiobooks are mentioned at the bottom of the piece).
The lead’s particularly good, a quote from Gervais himself, “We have got something that’s a bit weird and we’re using it.”
So true… but then, that’s the root of most good comedy, isn’t it? It’s definitely a unifying theme, from Ricky Gervais to Seinfeld (and probably many more). Funny is usually something that’s close enough to a common experience that it touches you, is real in some way (like Seinfeld’ observational humour, or Gervais’ largely nonsensical exchanges with Karl Pilkington)… but a thread of the bizarre is what elevates it to great comedy, like the Soup Nazi bit, or, actually, anything to do with Kramer.
Which is the problem with the Gervais podcast. All the comedy springs from question and answers with Karl. Imagine if all the jokes and bits on Seinfeld had revolved around Kramer… argh.