Ricky Gervais Sucks: in defense of crankiness

[I know I said I wasn’t going to do this. I know I said that pop-culture posts would go on happyfuncamp.com and hollywoodphony.com would be strictly for fiction, but I guess I lied. What can I say? It’s a slow week.]

OK, now that I’ve gotten your attention, let me say that I’m not really sure Ricky Gervais sucks, because I have gone out of my way not to watch him.

I have a brand new, unwrapped box set of Season 1 of the U.K. Office, as I believe it is called over here to distinguish it from the one with Steve Carell.

My reason for doing so is this: everyone I know tells me it is hilarious. EVERYONE. I have not a single friend or acquaintance who doesn’t think that show is funny. Specifically: Ricky Gervais.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the proof of this show’s greatness is all over TV.

I’m not even talking about the American version of the Office. That’s a show that’s based on another show so of course there are going to be similarities.

I am talking about other shows and movies which have utilized the “clueless boss is a jerk but thinks he’s cool” archetype. Basically every new “comedy” this season has one.

This, alone, is enough to make me nauseous, but this isn’t my main reason for saying that I, Eric Filipkowski, hate you, Ricky Gervais.

In my book, universal praise is enough to put me off of anything.

An example? OK, how about “The Osbournes”?

You used to love that show. Yes, you did. Yes. You did. Shut up.

You did. You would call me up and tell me how hilarious it was.

“Oh man, you should have seen it last night, Kelly and Jack got in a big fight! And then Ozzy was mumbling! Oh shit, I almost forget, Sharon started yelling at someone! And there are tiny dogs!”


Yes, that was you. You didn’t think anyone would remember, but I did.

“The Osbournes” is terrible. You didn’t see that truth back when it was a cultural phenomenon, but I did.

How did I know? What tipped me off? It was universally praised.

Now, I tried to outline my thoughts to my fellow cranky friend last night, but he countered and said that not everything that is loved by everyone is awful. As an example, he cited the band Nirvana.

As I told him, this is just pure revisionism. Before Kurt Cobain died, Nirvana was passe. It’s true, because I actually liked them and I got constant shit for it.

The things that endure and become “classics” are never fully appreciated during their time. This is especially obvious in the world of art; with people like Vincent Van Gogh, Chris Elliott and Amy Sedaris wallowing in relative obscurity. Even Bob Odenkirk is probably better known as “The President of Beer” to most people in America, instead of as the co-creator of the show that redefined sketch comedy.

On the other hand, the things that everybody loves and thinks are great at the time often whip people up into a ridiculous fervor of blind enthusiasm. To the point where the creators begin to think they are above reproach and their minions are more than willing to nourish this idea.

So you get things like Ricky Gervais, the Osbournes and Nazism.

Or Pinkberry.

What is Pinkberry? Read this article and find out.

The quick version is that Pinkberry is a low-calorie frozen yogurt stand that supposedly is delicious. I say “supposedly” because I have not, nor will I ever go in there and try it.

Because sometimes you have to take a stand. You have to say “no” to the Hive Mind.

“Maybe a Prius will give me slightly better gas mileage, but it’s not really going to save the Earth and besides, everyone I know who drives one is a screaming asshole.”

Yes, I am talking to you, Tim Jennings.

On a technical note, maybe Ricky Gervais doesn’t suck. Maybe he is only recently receiving universal praise. I don’t know, I’m not sure, but I’m not taking any chances.

I do what Teddy Ruxpin tells me to do and today he told me that I need to free my mind and the rest will follow.



    1. It’s now 2011 and this is still as true as ever. I hope now people are starting to realise that Merchant was the talent behind the office, and that all Gervais had to offer the show was his stupid, shit-eating grin.

  1. Hey, you mentioned Chris Elliott. You’re okay in my book.

    But really…Ricky Gervais is high starkle! I couldn’t get motivated to watch the UK Office, either, but my sister told me it was required viewing for a comedyhead. She was right. Required.

  2. I had the same aversion to the office until I read an interview with Ricky Gervais in the Onion and found out he’s a solid dude, so I gave the show a chance. Turns out it’s good, but not cuz of Gervais’ character. Actually Gervais’ character was almost impossible to watch, it was everyone else that made it a great show.

    I walk past pinkberry and see Escalades and $50 flip-flops. I had one and it’s actually quite good, but that’s not going to stop me from burning it to the ground when the revolution comes.

  3. As the second cousin of Teddy, I must insist that you cease and desist the discussion his pilonital glaucomic cyst problem. Just because you’re a bigtime Hollywood Florida nixter doesn’t mean that trees don’t climb themselves mister. Got it? Good.

    Oh, and can I have my bb gun back?

  4. Ricky Gervais is brilliant. Just because you’re a faggot and have no sense of humour doesn’t give you the right to slag him off.

  5. Lmao,
    Thank you for your support. I am glad you agree with me so whole-heartedly. You brought up some interesting points, but I am guessing by your use of the term “slag off” that you are a foreigner and probably unfamiliar with our rights as Americans (the greatest country in the world). Ricky Gervais is a filthy immigrant and therefore, less than us. I’m glad you see my point.

  6. LOL!
    People like you make me laugh.
    What the fuck have you done for your fucking country except lived in it and wasted its space you cunt.
    And what on Earth Thankful to you?
    OHHH GOSH, YOU’RE AMERICAN! I owe so much to you for eating burgers you delightful little fuck.

    Besides, don’t bring stupid politics into this, just like every other person who reckons they can argue about anything, because with George Bush, you haven’t got much chance, love.

  7. I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
    I am a real American, fight for what’s right, fight for your life!

    When it comes crashing down, and it hurts inside,
    ya’ gotta take a stand, it don’t help to hide,
    Well, you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
    I gotta be a man; I can’t let it slide,
    I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
    I am a real American, fight for what’s right, fight for your life!

    I feel strong about right and wrong,
    And I don’t take trouble for very long,
    I got something deep inside of me, and courage is the thing that keeps us free,
    I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
    I am a real American, fight for what’s right, fight for your life!

    Well you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
    I gotta be a man; I can’t let it slide,
    I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
    I am a real American, fight for what’s right, fight for your life!
    I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
    I am a real American, fight for what’s right, fight for your life!

    – Terry “Hulk” Hogan, Patriot

  8. WooHoo a flame war! Strictly speaking the Russians did more than any nation to defeat the Nazis. Is Lmao serious? or just an evil sock puppet? Eric, own up now.
    I’m a ‘The Rock’ man myself.

  9. Evil sock puppet…hoo hoo, funny.

    & Nice one, love the way you pulled in someone else’s rhymes when you couldn’t think of anything else to say.

    I believe you’ve learnt your lesson ^.^

    Thankyou and goodnight

  10. Here’s a rhyme I wrote, just for you!

    I beat my meat when I’m walking down the street
    Got my hands in my pocket and I grab my rocket
    Fire one! Fire two! Fire three!

    That should put an end to your shenanigans! You got served!

  11. i just love the way someone who thinks you are a “faggot” and doesn’t agree with any point you make still frequents your site this much. the british just don’t understand humor*… i assume YOU’VE seen benny hill.

    * humor DOESN’T have two “u’s”

  12. uhhh….this is pretty pathetic to be honest
    dont act superior to the english. our 2 universities (one of which i go to 😉 ) are above your best. sooo get over it 😀
    you jus got served!

  13. As a Briton I have to point out that the UK has somewhat more than 2 universities; And now Mr Samuel Johnson –
    “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”
    The real problem is Simon Cowell, c’mon you’ve got a high gun ownership rate, it doesn’t even have to be deliberate just one of those ‘I was cleaning it when it went off, fourteen times through the back of his head’.
    Why can’t we all just get along?

  14. big secret: the office was inspired by the canadian show The Newsroom.
    check it out. very similar. newsroom was made first.
    stupid sexist/racist boss, office setting, same lack of laugh track, long pauses, plenty of deadpan. etc.
    the office is brilliant, no doubt.
    but check out the newsroom.

  15. Dearest sarah,
    Let me guess. You are an English Major at “oxford”. This has been made quite evident through the display of your obvious mastery of the language. I only wish I had achieved stunning command of the rules of proper grammar. Unfortunately, as a result of my United States government education, I am unable to end my sentences with prepositions.
    Maybe someday, “oxford” will be the school I go to.

    Oh, and please tell Lmao I said “Ouch”. You Brits are so clever.

  16. Speaking of the benefits of universal hate, I wonder if in 50 years everyone will love Hitler as an opera loving vegetarian with impeccable dress sense. Hey remember when everyone hated the poor Nazis? Gervais has, somewhat, stood the test of time.

  17. Ricky is 10X more of a man than you are, because he would never put this thoughtless shit online and expect to be taken seriously.

    Or were you being ironic? In that case, it’s not funny.

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