Gervais and David talk about the truth and being unique

This "Ricky Gervais meets Larry David" interview is a must see.

RG: I suppose that's why people like yourself don't compromise in your art. That's where no one can get hurt. [In] art you're allowed to be a complete fascist. I don't care about you. There should be no compromise in art.

LD: If you're any good, you kinda have to have a compulsion to tell the truth.

RG: Absolutely. And without guilt. This is guilt-free truth, comedy.

Guilt-free truth. Gotta like that. This Jean Baudrillard quote is kinda related:

Terror is as much a part of the concept of truth as runniness is of the concept of jam. We wouldn’t like jam if it didn’t, by its very nature, ooze. We wouldn’t like truth if it wasn’t sticky, if, from time to time, it didn’t ooze blood.

LD: I want to do things that nobody else can think of. That's what you wanna do.

RG: I want the right laugh. I want to look around and go, "Right, they're not laughing. That's a good sign. I didn't want them to laugh. I don't want you liking my comedy.

"I want to do things that nobody else can think of." THAT'S IT. This whole personal stuff vs. one liners vs. characters and being authentic and all that crap. It's just being yourself in a way that no one else could ever be. Mitch Hedberg is never personal but what he delivers is 100% unique. That's what it's about. It doesn't matter what form it takes. It's just that you're being you in a way that no one else can be you.

Watch the rest.


Anonymous said...

yeah that interview is great. I like watching Gervais bash the comedians he saw at the comedy store. Would like to know who it was he saw. Also, when Larry David mentions how he could never perform for people that he knew. I hate doing that. And then of course you get the "bold choices" and "I could never do what you do" lines. Great blog matt. Good luck at SXSW.

Aalap said...

Watched this whole thing last week. It's an excellent piece. It ties in well with Louis CK's comments about topical humor and his general take on truthfulness in comedy.

Please destroy those Austin audiences this weekend with your unique humor.

RG Daniels said...

following Margaret Cho????????

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