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HateTheDrake







PostPosted: March 30, 2005 2:39 PM 

Has anyone seen "The Office"? I mean really, the show is downright beyond funny. All Seinfeld enthusiasts and CYE fans really need to get up on this if you have not already. Last night's episode "Diversity Day" was the funniest thing I've ever seen on NBC since the Merv Griffin episode. It had me in pain. There is no laugh track either which makes it twice as funny.

HateTheDrake
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PostPosted: March 30, 2005 2:41 PM 

Why is my name in black now?
Is there a janitor or tech staff around?

Jimmy


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PostPosted: March 30, 2005 6:13 PM 

Donald Trump's not in it, is he? Are there "real" actors, or just more pathetic nobodys pretending to argue?

Gack
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PostPosted: March 30, 2005 8:42 PM 


Firstly, Drake... your name will always be black on the first post of a new thread.

Secondly, Jimmy... Drake's right. "The Office" is one of the great comedies of the last several years, which is all the more impressive given that it only consisted of two 6-episode seasons and a 90 minute special.

It's not a reality show, though it is shot like one; it's produced more in the spirit of "This Is Spinal Tap," a quote-unquote mockumentary. The show uses actors and scripts, but a good portion of it is made up of talking-head interviews, to give the series a more authentic feeling. The writing is brilliant, as are all the performances, particularly that of it's star and co-creator, Ricky Gervais. This guy has a bright future ahead of him.

But a warning: all though it is laugh-out-loud hilarious a lot of the time (as it would have to be, since it is British humour at its finest, and British humour is invariably witty and uber-clever), it is also quite true-to-life in its drama. Anyone who has ever worked in a confined area with a large group of others will cringe in recognition, especially during the second season, which is sort of black humour at its blackest.

Anyway. I'm raving. Point is, it's worth a look. You might not like it, and if not, well hey, that's what different tastes were invented for. But you might also find a very underrated, very addictive tv show you never had before.

Harry Fong
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PostPosted: March 30, 2005 11:15 PM 

That's a spot on analysis, Drake. The balance between the humor and the cringe effect is what makes it special.

Harry Fong
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PostPosted: March 30, 2005 11:17 PM 

Sorry Gack, I just called you Drake in the previous post for some unknown reason. My apologies.

Gack
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 2:08 AM 


Just for the sake of interest, here are a couple exchanges from the show. Certainly not the funniest moments in its history or anything, but enough to let you know what kind of humour we're talking about (I, for example, love 'Seinfeld' and 'The Office' to no end, but could easily understand if someone liked one but not the other. They're hardly comparable.)

This first one is between Gareth, the arrogant, abrasive, know-it-all wimp... and Tim, the quintessential nice guy, who cannot stand Gareth.

Gareth: If you're so clever, what am I thinking now?

Tim: You're thinking, "how can I kill a tiger, armed only with a biro?"

Gareth: No.

Tim: You're thinking, "if I crash land in a jungle, will I be able to eat my own shoes?"

Gareth: No. And you can't.

Tim: What are you thinking Gareth?

Gareth: I was just wondering whether there will ever be a boy born who can swim faster than a shark.

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And this is between Tim, again, and Keith, the big, dopey (you might say, slow-witted), monosyllabic guy from accounting.

Keith: I watched that "Peak Practice."

Tim: Yeah, I've never seen it.

Keith: Bloody repeat.

Tim: Annoying, isn't it?

Keith: Not for me, I hadn't seen it.

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So maybe some of you are reading this and wondering what the hell is wrong with me, how can I find this funny, and yada yada yada. Like I said, it's not for everyone. But it makes me cackle.

Jimmy


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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 7:04 AM 

If it's British comedy, it can't be funny. Nothing British has ever been funny (or made any sense) except maybe Benny Hill (the skits where they didn't speak). The proof is in your examples. Sounds like Monty Python nonsense for stoners. Please don't compare incompetent, wanna-be trash to the brilliance of Seinfeld and CYE!

Gendison
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 7:10 AM 

Racist!

Al
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 8:39 AM 

Jimmy's partly right - there haven't been any funny British comedies, at least since the mid 90s. Having said that, the funny comedies before then tend to have a very British sense of humour, hence their lack of appeal elsewhere. Shows like Blackadder and Fawlty Towers illustrate this perfectly. So whilst British comedy is in a depression, US shows are leading the way - except for CYE, which is crap.

But then, I've seen some pretty ropey US comedies; for example, Happy Days (rescued only by the patient waiting for the Fonz to say "Heeeeey"), The Golden Girls, Taxi, Mork and Mindy, Rhoda, Everybody Loves Raymond. I've seen them all, and I don't think I'll be watching them again. I can't, I won't.

Gendison
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 9:42 AM 

I wasn't calling Jimmy a racist because of his opinion of British humor. But I'll be damned if I stand by and listen to disparaging remarks about stoners.

Al
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 11:25 AM 

Not to worry Mr Gendison. I was merely replying to Jimmy. As for the thing about 'stoners', I haven't got a clue what you're going on about.

Gendison
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 11:29 AM 

Hence, the comedy gap.

HateTheDrake
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 1:29 PM 

Actually guys I was referring to the NBC show, "The Office". It is based off of the British version which I have yet not seen.
If it's anything like this one though it has to be hilarious.

Marcelino
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 1:45 PM 

Well, if I hear you correctly, and I think that I do, my advice to you is to finish your meal, pay your check, leave here, and never mention
this to anyone again.

Seriously, get the Brit version. It will become quite obvious quite quickly how bad the NBC version really is.

- Even i am not about the policy.

Jimmy


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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 5:21 PM 

Nothing funny since the Mid 90s? There's NEVER been funny British television...EVER! Yes, there have been countless British movies, bands, artist, and other entertainers who are unmatched anywhere in the world. But comedy? In England? No such thing. Their comedy is about as "funny" as American rap is "musical!"

Quit telling your stupid stories, about the stupid "shark boy," and the "bloody repeat"and just die already! DIE!!

Gendison
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 5:22 PM 

You don't like the comedy Jimmy? Why didn't you tell me sooner"?......You're fired.

Bela Lugosi Jr.
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 6:30 PM 

Jimmy:

have you ever seen Fawlty Towers?

Gack
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 7:35 PM 


Fawlty Towers is great. So are all the Monty Pythons. Practically anything with John Cleese.

Are You Being Served... Keeping Up Appearances. AbFab.

Bottom. The League of Gentlemen (no, not extraordinary gentlemen).

Pound for pound, the Brits make funnier tv than anybody. Of course this is just my opinion. I'm not arguing.

Oh, and Guy Ritchie films (excluding, of course, "Swept Away").

Gack
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PostPosted: March 31, 2005 7:38 PM 


Also forgot Manchild.

Mr Bevalaqua
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PostPosted: April 1, 2005 12:09 AM 

Will throw in my 2 cents
yes the office is gold! jerry
its just like seinfeld, in respect to i have seen all the episodes 10 times, but its still just as funny..
do yourself a service if you aint seen it and give it a go

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