Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. — together at last. (Video not embedded: click on the image and then hit the YouTube link)
My previous posts on “Andy Warhol” and on “Frye and Obscenity” are good preparation for this master class in the liberatingly obscene element in comedy: Ricky Gervais here makes an appearance on Louis C.K‘s new show on HBO. (Ricky’s father was a Canadian veteran of the Second World War, if an appeal to patriotism might help.)
And, of course, I come armed with a relevant quote from Frye:
Comedy is moral insofar as it expands the range of response; obscenity, for instance, is profoundly moral. (CW 15, 28)
“Obscenity is profoundly moral.” So that’s that, then.
After the jump, a clip from Ricky’s show, Extras, in which Kate Winslet, playing herself playing a nun, provides some sound advice on playing with oneself during phone sex.
Ricky Gervais, the wonderful Ashley Jensen, and the magnificent Kate Winslet