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Talking Funny 2011

  • Ended
  • HBO
  • 2011-04-21T17:00:00-07:00
  • 50 mins
  • United States
  • Comedy
How does a simple idea end up becoming a signature joke? Why do some comics embrace profanity while others avoid it? Do audiences really matter? In this one-hour HBO special, four stand-up legends--Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K.--answer these questions and more as they let their guards down in an intimate, unscripted conversation about what it means to be a comedian, and how far each has been willing to go to push the limits of taste and originality for a laugh.

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@MajorMercyFlush: Now I have to watch this! :P

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For me Louis C.K., Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld hold the top spot in their respective styles.What should have been a fascinating look inside the process is derailed by an insecure Ricky Gervais looking for validation through this vanity project.

I was glued to the first 10 minutes but when he says "I don't think I have a thing?" I was praying for a lighting rig to crash through his pandering face.

Intelligent discussion on each material, the nature of an act, persona and timing, what constitutes a show are insightful.

Gervais is painful to watch; his "hysteria" is trite and draws deserved looks. A telling moment is when he says that he just "got" the Office (which I love) and afterwards thought he should show he can do something else. They don't pander to him and I respect them more for it.

Talking Funny is enjoyable when Gervais isn't driving, though there is a lot to be had when he says something and they look at him like he just farted in their mums mouth.

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