Speaking the unspeakable and saying the one thing you must NOT say has always been at the root of the Gervais gift.
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The act is what you would expect from the man who wrote The Office and Extras embarrassing, shocking, non Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 Mens 7.5 PC and hilarious.
Ricky Gervais has probably been the hottest comedy property on the planet for the last five years and there are those who say the backlash is about to hit.
told me about it, what's it been like?" but that's the idea.
Ricky still rules.
But on the evidence at Sheffield City Hall last night Ricky's still doing it right. The 2,000 plus that braved the South Yorkshire cold and rain to get there were soon into their stride.
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That's hardly the point.
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The 80 minute show was no Ken Dodd length performance but a packed City Hall lapped it up.
But brilliantly funny.
If you go to see Ricky Gervais regularly and want new material every week you might be disappointed.
If you are a Gervais fanatic and you have followed every show, film, podcast and interview you will no doubt have heard some of this material before.
But like chocolate Hob Nobs and heroin, he's a bit more ish.