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Treading the Fine Line of Comedy

January 6, 2020


Ricky Gervais is the talk of the town. Many loved his pointed barbs at Hollywood whilst others thought he came off as a mean-spirited jerk.

I guess that’s comedy for you.

Comedy is meant to be provocative and at its best can lead you to places where angels fear to tread.

This is the conundrum that I was faced with in writing “My Favourite Comedian”, a children’s book that focuses on comedy’s ability to help alleviate difficult challenges and relate to hard truths.

My book deals with themes such as body image, isolation, divorce and societal pressures and yet has laughs all the way through. The message being, that by seeing the funny side of difficult events in your life, you are able to manage them better.

Of course, the humour in my book is far less abrasive than Gervais’ style of stand-up but no less passionate.

I feel that children respond to this book because it isn’t afraid, to tell the truth, and comedy is my truth-telling device.

Here’s to truth and comedy!


Michael Grossman is the author of the hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian. You can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

Learn English with Ricky Gervais

August 1, 2012

I would have loved having Ricky Gervais as my English teacher:

RICKY Gervais is bypassing the TV networks for his new series, Learn English with Ricky Gervais.

The comedian announced on his website that he had just finished editing the pilot for the show, which will be distributed on the web.

He gave few details about the show besides saying he might charge viewers a small fee to cover production costs and that it would be subtitled into as many languages as possible.

The first episode, he said, would be free.

“I’m thinking of making a clean version of the pilot available for download so people can put their own subtitles on it and repost it,” Gervais wrote on his blog. “You can do a Klingon version if you want.”

Web series are swiftly gaining in popularity. Last month Jerry Seinfeld premiered Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he drives around town in vintage cars, yaks about nothing in particular with fellow comics, then stops off for a coffee.

Gervais is also working on a comedy series for British TV, titled Derek, in which he plays a middle-aged assistant in a retirement home.

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