Ricky Gervais To Live-Snark Golden Globes

Wow, this would be appointment listening. But presumably it could happen only if he doesn’t host again. From Ricky Gervaisblog:

What do you think of this? A live 3 hour podcast during The Golden Globes. Me and a few chums (like Louis CK, Chris Rock, Karl Pilkington, John Stewart, Larry David popping in and out) doing our own alternative commentary. People at home can have the telly on with the sound down listening to us online say things that no broadcaster could get away with. No one could do a fucking thing. The biggest live webcast ever? Who knows? Who cares? What’s fun is the shit we might come out with. No money. No sponsor. No guide lines. Fuck me I can’t wait. Maybe I’ll do a non-broadcast practice with The Emmys to see if it works. I’ll let you know.
[AND LATER …]
Wow. I’ve opened a can of worms. Or Pandora’s box. Or released the Kraken maybe? I’ve had an amazing response to yesterday’s blog entry. Not only was the idea received well, but we’ve had offers of sponsorship, technical support and a bunch of comedians up for it.

I don’t want people to think that this is some sort of anti-establishment stunt. It’s not. Anymore than deciding to do a podcast in 2005 was. It’s about new horizons, new technologies and artistic freedom.

Fun basically. Although, if I actually do it, it will show people how tame my official hosting was last year. I still can’t quite understand how anyone would think I overstepped the mark, was cruel, or pushed any boundaries of taste and decency. It was a network friendly gentle ribbing of the industry. Nothing more. I didn’t even dress as Hitler in the end.

Anyway. I’m looking into it. Might not happen. I might not even be available. Who knows, I might be at The Golden Globes. (awkward silence.) The funny thing is, everyone who tunes in to the live webcast will also have to be watching the actual show on NBC. I could still be helping their ratings. Ha ha. I hadn’t thought this through. Maybe they should sponsor me? (awkward silence… slightly longer than the last one… slowly fade to black.)

  1. LOL – “No one could do a fucking thing.” I love it. Gervais is a genius, or gutsy as hell, or both. I hope he does it.

  2. Went awfully quickly from “No money. No sponsorships” to two mentions of possible sponsors. I like Ricky. Think his shows are brilliant. But something about this, and his relentless self promotion of how daring and wicked he is/was as GG host, always reeks of unpleasant desperation to me. I think he secretly fears he bombed.

  3. This isn’t a good idea at all. The fun of Gervais’ jabs was the look on the faces of all the Hollywood phonies. I couldn’t get enough of their “well, I never” expressions.

  4. AMAZING IDEA! I can’t stand watching award shows. The jokes always suck and the PC, formulaic politics are so tired and never worthy of the talent that they’re celebrating. A simultaneous, no holds barred internet commentary would be just the thing to make me watch. Also, I’d have something to listen to other than my wife constantly saying “oh my god, gorgeous, what a beautiful dress”.
    Go Ricky. Go.

  5. This is a BRILLIANT idea!!! Please, please do this and make it available to download for those of us outside the US.

  6. Doesn’t NBC actually own some cable networks or something?

    They could easily put Ricky & Snark-Buds on one of those channels and have ‘em MST3K the fuck out of that shit.

  7. Just when I thought I couldn’t hate ricky gervais even more after his piss over hollywood performance at this year’s golden globes — that he has to do it again? I don’t know why I ever liked him in the first place — he is just an awful human being.

  8. Great idea! I’m sure it will be very popular.

    It sounds a bit like Gervais is saying ‘You thought I was harsh last year? Just wait until you hear how harsh I can be.’

  9. I’d definitely watch, although Nikki is must favorite snarker in these matters. Hell yes, sounds great Ricky! I also love the idea above about doing it for charity. I suggest the Motion Picture Retirement Home or MPHF.

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