Ricky Gervais comes back swinging at 2012 Golden Globes


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One year ago, the Golden Globes hosting duties of funnyman Ricky Gervais supposedly caused such a celebrity outcry that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation (who run the annual gala) forever banned the comedian from the show. But then he wasn’t. Then he was. And then he wasn’t again.

Whatever actually happened, the onset of the 2012 show has proved one thing: the controversy has done nothing to subdue him.

In a sprawling monologue, Gervais launched into digs at NBC, the HFPA, Jodie Foster, Helen Mirren and more. “You get Britain’s biggest comedian, hosting the world’s second biggest awards show, on America’s third-biggest network,” Gervais joked, before correcting himself with, “It’s four, it’s four.”

A second swip was later taken at his bosses, stating the “Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem.” Later in his act, he also compared the HPFA to the crime-riddled ranks of the “Boardwalk Empire” immigrants. “I’m joking,” he said. “I love them. They do a lot for charity and they’re a non-profit organization. Just like NBC.”

Gervais expectantly turned his focus on the room’s inhabitants, beginning with jokes about Jodie Foster’s “Beaver” (a bit heavy on the subtext), and joking that the cast of “Bridesmaids” studied up for their hard-partying ways by spending time with Helen Mirren.

Even those who weren’t in attendance found themselves at Gervais’ mercy. “Justin Bieber nearly had to take a paternity test,” Gervais quipped. “What a waste of a paternity test that would’ve been. The only way Justin Bieber could get a girl pregnant is with one of Martha Stewart’s old turkey basters.” And on Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler: joking that the duo portrayed every role in “The Help.”

One obvious difference between the 2011 and 2012 shows is the omission of Gervais introducing presenters, which allowed him more mic-time to take his shots. Without that additional platform, this year the comedian assuredly made every second count.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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