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Golden Globe - Enough of Gervaise

Posted by Tsach Gilboa on November 20, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Having heard that the unthinkable but predictable has indeed happened and Ricky Gervaise was, yet again, invited to host the Golden Globes, I decided to post the following blog I wrote last year the day after the 2011 Golden Globes,but never posted.  Although this choice to go for crass, mean spirited and mediocre “Comedy” fits in nicely with the general malaise and mediocrity of American culture at the moment, needless to say, I for one will not be watching the show in 2012. And while I’m sure that I will not be missed by the Foreign Press, I am equally sure that I will be far from the only one not tuning in. (11.20.11)

Golden Globes – Enough of Gervaise (written Januray 2011)

Sunday we watched the Golden Globe Awards.  For those in the entertainment industry or for those (many more) simply interested in Movies and TV, the Golden Globes can be an enjoyable experience, as well as a nice predictor for the Oscars.  The big question for me was: why after the less than exciting and tasteless performance by Ricky Gervaise as host of the 2009 and 2010 Golden Globes, was he asked back in 2011?

Gervaise, not exactly my cup of tea in the best of times–I for one never found him funny or entertaining–was somewhat funnier when he was chubbier and had some humility, probably due to a better awareness of the limits of his talent. As he’s gone more “Hollywood” and apparently got a little more “Successful”–a testament to the escalating mediocrity and declining taste and demands of his viewing public, whoever they might be–Gervaise increasingly made up for lack of depth and talent by dialing up the crass and mean in his jokes (And no Ricky, loosing a little weight and growing a little stubble does not make you more attractive or manly or a stud).

His 2009 Golden Globe performance was bad enough but has gone substantially down hill in 2010, and just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water, came his 2011 performance last night, which was simply dull and boring with a deep overriding lining of mean (the last resort of the less than exceptional comedic minds).

As one who enjoys watching the Golden Globes and as one with a very high tolerance for comedy of all varieties, I was close to switching channel a few times, while Gravaise was spewing his boring poison–key word here being boring.  For me the issue was simply that he was Not Funny and Not Smart (two key and required ingredients for great comedy). Thankfully, his involvement post apredictable, uninspired and forgettable opening monologue, was limited and brief.  Also thankfully, various award recipients and presenters were not shy about responding to him and expressing their views about his unacceptable and criminally unfunny performance.

The blame is clearly with the organizers of the show who do not seem to learn that history is the best predictor of future performance.  I hope they finally learned their lesson and will find a smart and funny host for next year (If I was to recommend, I would consider both well known people like Steve Martin or Jon Stewart as well as less known ones like Katherine Tate, or Graham Norton),which would be befitting of the show and of our attention and time.

Considering that Gervaise is coming back in 2012 (kind of like the Termiator), clearly the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not/cannot learn from past experience in 2009, 2010 and 2011, or they might simply just have no taste.

 


 


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