It is interesting to read reactions in the media to Ricky Gervais’ latest performance as host of the golden globes ceremony. It is Ricky Gervais after all. He is singularly famous for making people uncomfortable in their own skin.
“They hired me for a job and if they didn’t want me, they shouldn’t have hired me,” Gervais said…
“Comedy is laughing in the face of adversity,” he said. “We use comedy as a sword, a shield, as a medicine, as a getting to know you. It’s fundamental. It’s a fundamental we understand comedy and we have humor, because it’s built on empathy, and that’s what being human is.”
… “I mustn’t come out there as everyone’s mate and schmooze. That’s nauseating. I’ve got to come out there, and I’ve got to roast them.”
…Gervais made his freedom to say what he wished a condition of employment, he said.
“I wouldn’t have it any other way, because if you start second-guessing and you’re trying to find people that are like you, or change it to make certain people like you, you’re finished,” he said. “And you’re finished as a comedian more than any other thing in the world.”
…When introducing Robert Downey Jr., Gervais read a list of his less-than-successful movies.
“He has done all those films, but many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail,” Gervais told the audience.
Downey quickly fired back.
“Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely mean-spirited, with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far,” Downey said. “Wouldn’t you?”