Ricky Gervais’s new comedy special is ‘a fluid hour, very fragmentary and tortuous’ – Ian Hyland

Ricky Gervais’ new comedy special for Netflix, SuperNature, was recently released and received a lot of backlash.

Ricky Gervais's new comedy special is'a fluid hour, so fragmentary and tortuous'
Ricky Gervais’s new comedy special is ‘a fluid hour, so fragmentary and tortuous’

You’ll be surprised to know that Ricky Gervais’ new comedy special for Netflix has sparked controversy.

Yes of course. If it didn’t cause an online ruckus, how else did Ricky and Netflix convince enough users to join?

I mean, I guess they can count on word of mouth and great reviews.

However, that will be based on one important criterion – that of snorting when drinking tea.

In that case, I don’t blame Gervais for taking the lead by making some transgender jokes to get attention on social media.

He received backlash for his controversial jokes about transgender people



Well, a man has to earn a shell if he holds himself in the way that (strangely he always reminds us) he’s used to.

It’s not that there are no laughs in SuperNature. It just doesn’t feel like any new will ever be there.

A better title would be FamiliarNature, because if you’ve watched any of Gervais’s productions over the past two decades you’ve pretty much seen this already.

It was a bad hour. It’s fragmentary and meandering.

It feels like one of those work gigs going on before the tour where comedians sometimes charge as little as ten bucks.

The special has been released on Netflix



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Even the best joke on the entire show could come from 2004’s Flanimals. It won’t get much attention because it’s not offensive or intentionally inflammatory. However, I will share it here, because it is worth sharing.

“Platyole platypus lays eggs AND produces milk. It can make its own custard. It doesn’t, but it can. “

I’m still smiling now. Think of a platypus wearing a chef’s hat and apron, trying to use an underwater whisk.

Importantly, you can see that Gervais also enjoys telling jokes.

And while I appreciate the motivation for his lectures on the intricacies of offensive behavior and the dangers of too much censorship, I sometimes wish he’d stick with the really funny stuff. Humorous, less gratuitous insults.

Maybe call his next show SweeterNature.

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