Talking Funny Reviews
Talking Funny doesn't break any new ground. Rarely do we see anything truly interesting from these four guys who combined have over a century of standup experience. This may have worked better as a miniseries or as an interview piece, I think. As it stands, they argue about various aspects of comedy, or reminisce a little bit about their careers, but there's not much substance here. Still, it's worth seeing how four of the biggest comics in the world consider their craft, though what Gervais is doing there instead of a more established British comedian is somewhat perplexing. Jerry Seinfeld as the most successful clean comic (despite Foxworthy), Louis CK as the most successful dirty comic, and Chris Rock as the most successful black comic all make sense, but Gervais is still pretty new to the game comparatively. Yes, he made it big with The Office and his biting sardonic commentary, but perhaps Billy Connolly or Eddie Izzard would have been the better choice. Then again, Gervais is probably more well-known internationally than any other British comedian alive today, so I get it. They wanted four people with broad appeal that represent four very different types of comedy. However, this means that Gervais' inexperience does show next to the three veterans, as he's been at it only a decade compared to 25 or 35 years.