Now I’ve never liked The Office. I prefer my comedy witty, a tad satirical and with a lot of wordplay – like Blackadder, Frasier, Yes Prime Minister, The Simpsons, Spaced. And Father Ted and The League of Gentlemen just to add to the mix.
Comedy I hate tends to include Gimme Gimme Gimme, and other “cruel” comedies where you’re supposed to laugh at the characters, not with them. Or at least squirm in embarassment as they do stupidly embarassing things.
The Office has none of my personal positives about comedy – and is a little too true to real life to be a comedy, at least in my eyes. Plus it is an utterly cruel comedy. If your boss really was David Brent, you’d be crying, not laughing. Notwithstanding the fact that if I was a paper boss in Slough, I probably *would* be David Brent. Minus the beard, since I could never grow one. Then again, let’s face it, all bloggers have a bit of David Brent in them.
So I’ve had to sit here, a tad frustrated as The Office goes out there, conquers most British people’s hearts and now appears to be slowly conquering the cool part of America.
Proof of this? That singularly witty American publication, The Onion carries an interview with Ricky Gervais. To be fair to the guy, he makes some *excellent* points about the ubiquity of stand-up comedy and catchphrases, and he’s been around long enough not to let fame go to his head. at least in the interview.