Nope, that title is not an accidental repeat from last year. British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais has been invited back to host the Golden Globes once again, despite his last hosting gig that was marred with despicable things like him being funny, charming and refreshing. The Globes, more commonly known as the Special Olympics of film and television awards, consist of the Hollywood Foreign Press making tough-but-fair and long, earnestly conceived decisions regarding the best of movies and TV for the past year. Some say that the event’s prestige and dignity are rivaled by none. Others say *fart noise*.
The return of Gervais just might make the show watchable for the second straight year, as his performance at the last ceremony was filled with such highlights as making fun of Mel Gibson and, well, a bunch of other stuff, but really it was all about his joke about Mel’s drinking. And now he gets to do it again, after Mel’s ridiculous year. This is going to be comedy heaven.
Who does the award for Best Celebrity Who Can’t Take a Joke go to, Variety?
Reviews for Gervais’ first outing were Goldilocks-like — some critics thought he was too mean to some of the assembled celebrities, while others thought — given the wicked edge of his past work — he wasn’t provocative enough. And others thought he was just right.
His best line at a 2010 awards show, ironically, came at the Emmys, when he took a pointed dig at Mel Gibson: “I’m not going to have a go at him; he’s been through a lot,” Gevais [sic] announced, referring to the beleaguered star’s recent scandals. Then, after a perfectly timed beat, he added, “(though) not as much as the Jews.” At the Globes he chided Gibson a bit more mildly.
I included that excerpt about his best line because it’s certainly a good line, but come on… is that better than: “I enjoy a drink as much as the next guy, as long as the next guy isn’t… Mel Gibson!” I think not. But you can see for yourself in the collection of Gervais Golden Globe highlights after the jump…