What Ricky Gervais Did Right (And Wrong) Hosting The Golden Globes

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01.09.15 7 Comments
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When Ricky Gervais approached the podium at the beginning of the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the British comedian immediately did four things his hosting tenure was famous for.

  1. Took a swig from a glass of beer.
  2. Referenced himself at his own expense.
  3. Made the crowd nervous.
  4. Insulted the audience.

Alcohol, self-deprecation, edgy humor, and insults are what made Gervais tick as the three-time host of the Golden Globes. The press loathed him for it, but Gervais didn’t really give a sh*t. Not even his Hollywood Foreign Press Association bosses could reel him in.

Gervais wasn’t asked to return as host in 2013. Instead, duties were split between Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, allowing Hollywood to breathe a sigh of relief. Both performed wonderfully as co-hosts in 2013 and 2014, and they’re bound to do the same this weekend. But I miss Gervais. He did so many things right. Some wrong, but mostly right.

They Only Had Themselves To Blame

In 2009, Gervais presented the Golden Globe-nominated film Happy-Go-Lucky in a two-minute bit rife with narcissism, a glass of beer, and a holocaust joke. In other words, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had a preview of what Gervais was like, but still went on to hire him for the next three awards shows.

He Mostly Made Fun Of Himself

When 2010 rolled around, Gervais used his first time on stage to rant against the American adaptation of The Office — the hit British television show that helped launch his career — and cosmetic surgery in Hollywood. Between shots at Steve Carell’s take on the role he originated and celebrities with recent work done, Gervais’s script landed punch after punch. What most people missed were the punches he directed at himself, of which there were many.

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