Ricky Gervais in Cardiff review: SuperNature is the comic's most shocking set yet but it works; After the success of his Netflix show After Life, Gervais returns to his roots with SuperNature.
Byline: Lucinda Reid
Ricky Gervais returned to Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena last night for the first of two dates in the Welsh capital with his SuperNature tour. Unsurprisingly, it was a sold-out audience and they were ready for the comedian's sharp-toothed comedy.
As I waited for Gervais to come to the stage, I was nervous. Last year, I saw Gervais' stand up live for the first time, and Humanity was everything I expected and more.
I should probably make clear now, I'm a huge Gervais fan and I have adored pretty much everything he has produced. But before this gig, I made the mistake of reading a scathing review of SuperNature which criticised his uncomfortable jokes and questioned whether this was his most shocking show yet.
Could the man who never fails to make me laugh, well, fail?
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As Gervais rightly says at the beginning of his set, who writes these so-called 'comedy rules'? True to form, he addressed those that might be offended by the jokes that followed in his set. Basically, if you are easily offended, you shouldn't attend a Gervais gig.
From jokes about Aids to abortion, Gervais' has never been afraid to go where most comedians would never dare venture. However, he did explore similar jokes in Humanity, and at times, the gig felt almost like a sequel to his show last year.
However, with SuperNature it did feel like Gervais was letting his guard down. At the beginning, he explained the reason behind this tour, the fact that with Humanity he had fallen in love with comedy again and was eager to get back out on stage.
This time, he wanted to explore the supernatural and debunk the myths surrounding it whilst celebrating the fact nature is super enough. As most people will know, Gervais is an animal rights activist and incredibly passionate about animals and nature, so this easily tied together his show.
Gervais was then able to use this as a platform to share some more personal stories. Tales of his childhood, going to the gym and a recent trip to the doctors were a highlight, and it felt less like a polished set and more like having a conversation with Gervais down your local. I loved that.
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So, is this Gervais' most shocking set yet? Yes, there are times when Gervais makes jokes that will make you shift in your seat uncomfortably, but this nothing new.
His shock tactics are now what we have come to expect, it's almost unshockable now. That's not necessarily a bad thing - just like you know he's going to wear a black t-shirt, drink a can of fosters and make you laugh so much you will cry.
This is Gervais' comedy and he isn't going to change for anyone... Thankfully!
Ricky Gervais returns to Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff for his second sell-out Welsh show on Thursday, June 27. Call the box office on 029 2022 4488 for any returns
Credit: Catherine Jones
Ricky Gervais' SuperNature tour came to Cardiff last night
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|Publication:||Wales Online (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Jun 27, 2019|
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