Tuesday, 13 October 2009
COMEDY: Ricky Gervais, New Theatre Oxford, 12 October 2009
Having seen two warm-ups previous to the tour there was little to surprise me in this show. Although slightly less rich and coherent than Fame or Politics, seeing Ricky Gervais is always a treat. His presence onstage is charismatic and likeable.
He doesn't tone down the polemic elements in his stand-up but nor does he exploit them for polemic's sake. He is vital and inventive and though some parts of the show work better than others (his encore is a bit underwhelming after what came before) the fact that we are still laughing after seeing the same material twice before is testimony to his genius.
And in any case it's just exciting to see one of the best writers of any generation in the flesh.
Ricky, we are not worthy.