In case you hadn’t heard, a lot happened over the past few days. From the Royal Wedding hoopla on Friday to the breaking news about the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday, everyone from 24-hour news cycle anchors to tweeters shared their thoughts on this week’s historical moments. The Office creator Ricky Gervais is no different — the actor took to his blog to share his unique brand of insights on the events (oh, one can only dare to imagine what Karl Pilkington would think about all this…).
No one has ever accused Gervais of not stirring the pot. And for anyone that’s watched the original Office knows all too well, the Emmy-winner likes making people squirm. And in moments like these — when we’re not sure how to feel, since it’s hard to not be somber reminding ourselves where all this bin Laden news began ten years ago — we often find ourselves turning to comedy. There’s still a few hours yet until we can year Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s take on the news, but to whet your appetite, we turn to Gervais’ always-funny, always-relevant blog.
So let’s break it down. Gervais joked on Friday about the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton: “I sent Prince Harry a text today offering to gag up his best man speech. (True.) He said he was fine. Hmmm?….I also reminded him it wasn’t fancy dress.” The writer/actor continued, “On a serious note; I really like Harry. I like William too and really wish the happy couple all the best, as I would anyone on their wedding day. But… really. Enough already. Who are these f—ing mongs from all over the world camping out for f—ing days to get a 30-second glimpse of two people from 30 yards away? Christ.”
Gervais’ conversation, like so many others, turned political in light of recent events. Before the news of bin Laden broke, Gervais posted about President Barack Obama at this weekend’s Correspondents’ Dinner, “I f—ing loved Obama’s beautiful destruction of Trump. I’ve been invited to this event a couple of times but couldn’t make it. God, I would have loved to have seen this. I think I may suggest that he does the Golden Globes next year.”
But, it’s perhaps Gervais’ musings on a Steve Carell-free Office that may cause the biggest stir. The 49-year-old star, who joked that Carell’s departure and the Royal Wedding “will cost me money in the long run,” mused, “Who will take over from Osama bin Laden as boss of al-Qaeda?” Referencing the upcoming casting stints on the NBC comedy, Gervais wrote, “Names like Will Arnett and Ed Helms are certainly in the frame, but of course the truth is being kept top secret for obvious reasons. We do have intel that suggests we will know for sure on May 19th. Current favourites for the job are Ray Romano, James Spader, Will Ferrell and the man that started it all; simply known as ‘the brains behind the outfit’ Ricky Gervais.”
Are you laughing?