Written on: 23/03/2011 by lukeromeril (54 reviews written)
I am a self proclaimed Ricky fan, I love his work. Not only that, but he is a great inspiration to me, his views are honest and justified, he isn't a fame hungry celebrity, he genuinely believes in a loves his work.
I really enjoyed his previous stand up and when science was announced I got myself tickets straight away. I was lucky enough to get in row 20, so a really good view from the centre of the arena... and am I glad I did.
I had my doubts that he would be as funny as his previous... (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2011
Was thoroughly let down. I love Animals and Politics, i thought Fame went a little down hill. Yet Science was awful. Gervais seems to have lost his original style of comedy and replaced it with just toilet humour. I don't mind swear words at all and think they can even be funny in jokes, but his over use of the C word was cringe. Such a shame too because i love his programmes and movies. Overall, Science was rubbish. (read more)
Written on: 28/12/2010 by wombat77 (1 review written)
Very disappointing (and for me to feel compelled to review something it means something!). Like many other reviewers I usually really like Ricky Gervais' work, but this just fell significantly below my expectations. Most of the jokes just weren't funny in my opinion; they seemed poorly thought through and lazy, relying on his percieved shock factor rather than actual comedy. I presume there's a danger for comedians who have been sucessfully that after a while they incorrectly assume... (read more)
Written on: 27/12/2010
A foul-mouthed torrent of irreligious, arrogant and plain unoriginal abuse best describe Gervais' 'Science' performance. Completely skewed misrepresentation of Noah's Ark, referring to a children's picture book to lambast the Bible. Surprisingly enough I do not find the thought of raping a grandmother remotely funny. Nor rejoicing in my next-door neighbour dying of hypothermia. I am disgusted with his show and will not be watching again. (read more)
Written on: 01/12/2010
This was possibly one of the worst performances I ve seen from Ricky Gervais, so terribly disappointing, save your time and money and find a comedian that can be bothered. (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2010 by babydodds (1 review written)
Like all of his stand ups, there are area's which drag on or are just plain not funny, but when he shine's he is capable of reaching sublime zones which are genuinely world class and where few other comedians inhabit. This is why I love him. He is built for comedy. Facially, bodily voice wise, mannerisms and his imaginery conversations with others are out standing. The scripts can be weak or just plain silly and this can be disappointing. Visually, there is no one to touch him. Also, "off... (read more)
Written on: 22/11/2010
Well thanks god i'm not alone.
I bought the DVD and had been looking forward to it for a long time.
All through the performance I was looking for any excuse to roar laughing. All three previous shows had me in stitches as the were irreverent, witty and very clever.
It almost seemed like this show was unwritten and was done 'off the cuff'. I couldn't believe how poor it was. I'm glad I didn't travel to see the show! Is this a case of performer arrogance leading to poor research of... (read more)
Written on: 20/11/2010
It wasn't that bad. I mean, if you're a fan of him, you defiantly have to see this. Otherwise, there are so many other great stand-ups there which are so much better.
Ricky has, as usual, the brilliant improvised way of speaking. The way he rambles on with all the different themes is amazing. And he makes a lot of great points. Another big pluss for me, is the way Ricky can actually change your thoughts on different stuff. ( eg. fat people, religion, terrorist)
So I really had a good... (read more)
Written on: 20/09/2010
biggest disappointment, my friends and i came out quoting the warm up act as he was so much better, have loved previous shows but this was terrible (read more)
Written on: 15/09/2010
Very disappointed in Ricky Gervais's show at the Bloomsbury theatre. He looked tired and bored. When he mentioned he didn't need the money we we wondering why he was doing it. There was a horrible video before he came on which I won't even describe. It was a shame because his support act, a Jewish and Welsh comedian (don't know his name) was brilliant. He had more big laughs in his bit than Ricky Gervais did in his whole show (which by the way was really short). Overall a disappointment. (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2010
I travelled from Germany to see the show at Hammersmith Apollo last Friday. I was tremendously excited to have the opportunity to see Ricky live. I absolutely love everything he has done apart from his movie work. Animals, Politics and Fame are, in my opinion, works of a genius. I was thus deeply disappointed after watching "Science". I almost thought that it was not Gervais on the stage. The jokes were not all that funny, he did not take time to develop the jokes which were often limited to... (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2010 by ju1c3t1n (1 review written)
Such a disappointment. Really, really poor stand up performance. No real jokes, Gervais seems to think he can get by on just reading out of books and talking about how rich he has become... Ricky, you are only rich because the public spend money on your productions, including coming to see you live. I think the audience deserve a show that he actually put some sort of effort into writing.
Also, i hope Karl Pilkington is getting half of Gervais' money from this show, because about 50% of... (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2010
I ABSOLUTELY agree with a previous review on here, I thought Gervais was untouchable before Science. Animals, Politics and Fame were works of brilliance in my eyes, but Science was so half arsed I began to think Gervais had been replaced by a look alike. I suppose all good things come to an end. It's time to step off the stage Gervais, stick to Directing and lets give our money to ROB DEERING - without doubt the best stand up comedian I have ever seen. (read more)
Written on: 10/09/2010
I thought ricky Gervais was excellent, his humour sometimes outrageous and offenseive was still hilirous! If you liked "Animals" and " Politics" then i suggest you see it! (read more)
Written on: 10/09/2010 by thomask33 (1 review written)
Oh Ricky you're not so fine, not so fine, HEY RICKY. HEY RICKY!
1st time seeing you live and please, please don't try any more Stand-up until you've got SOMETHING TO SAY! We generally don't fly 1st class, or generally don't think GOD is GAY!
Not sure what 'SCIENCE' had to do with the show either. I know it must be the hard to do 'Stand-up'. Many really great TV acts can't do it - best stay away, I suggest or take the situation comedies on the road ala 'Little Britain' 'Mitchell and... (read more)
Written on: 10/09/2010
Like many others are saying, this really wasn't good. The previous show 'Fame' was lame because he'd started to talk about himself as some kind of demi-God which, frankly, doesn't connect with the audience. Science goes even further in its disconnection: over half the show was 'me, me, me' and lacked any real tear-inducing or stomach-crunching laughter.
Ricky still introduces himself as 'a little bit fat', despite this being a thing of the past - he now clearly has a personal trainer and... (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2010
I haved loved pretty much everything Ricky has done, but I couldn't avoid the feeling that he thinks he doesn't need to try anymore. I had high hopes for Science and didn't mind paying a steepish price for a quality performance from a funny man.
Unfortunately he was only amusing in parts and his 'I'm better and richer than you (only joking)' lines are long past their sell-by date. I think his stand up career may be waning. Sorry Ricky. (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2010
Brilliant! Totally un-pc and at times, genius. A part where he plays an Insurance rep who speaks on the phone with God over what actually counts as an "an act of God" is cleverly done and I really enjoyed the entire show. Those who went and were surprised by the content must have lived in a bubble for the last 10 years. (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2010
I had an amazingly fun time, good seats, great warm up act.
A funny and witty performance from Gervais, 90% new material, but even the old stuff I loved anyway.
Lots of negative reviews, obviously from people who are not a fan of Gervais, and/or are cheap. I gladly handed over my money to see my favourite comedians perform the stand up I want to hear, and the joke I love
If you like any of his work, then this show is for you. (read more)
Written on: 06/09/2010
First the support was dreadful. I don't understand the wisdom of choosing someone like this for an opening act ! And Then Ricky Gervais, who I was big fan of, came on stage and delivered the most lame stand up performance I've ever seen. The jokes were tired, no connection with science, no pace, no real rapport with the audience and most disappointingly he didn't seem to have put much work into the show. At times he seems obsessed with his own celebrity and totally insecure for someone so... (read more)
Written on: 01/09/2010
Could have been longer, however it was still very funny with Gervais on good form. I find all the 1 star ratings hard to understand and those slating Stewart Francis even harder still. Ricky remains THE funniest comedian at current and this show has done little to hinder this. (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2010
What a complete waste of money, Stewart Francis was probably the best part of the show. The piece of film which was portrayed an appeal for Cum for Ricky Gervais was sick, pathetic and my God Ricky, how low and childish can you go????!!!! So much old, stale - heard it before Ricky!! I think he has now got to the stage that he has so much money, he really doesn't need to do stand up any more but continues to just to shock and see what he can get away with - forget it Ricky, give it up now... (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2010
Oh dear. Ricky was so funny on The Office and Extras, but Science was dreadful. The best adjective I can use is puerile. When the performance started by talking about how much cum Ricky likes to drink, (is that funny?....maybe if you're 12 perhaps), then I should have realised this was going to be pretty bad. Ricky, has become lazy and arrogant. He was offensive but "will never apologise" (his words). Ricky....you used to be better than that....it's just not funny to be offensive and... (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2010 by msmoneypenny1 (3 reviews written)
Before this show, I was a massive fan of 'the' Ricky Gervais, but now I'm not. the Canadian warm up, was a one liner comedian, the kind of comedy you can read yourself on the internet, or find in your local comedy club. And why pick a Canadian I have no idea...
Ricky used a lot of same old material, like his joke (from fame) about a fat woman on a plane who eats a bucket of chicken, and then says it was the best chicken she's had all day. Yawn! He used this story before. Also his story... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2010
Very disappointing.Ricky informed us near the start that only the best bits of the evening's performance would be finding their way onto the DVD and suggested that the performance was still a work in progress.I wish we'd booked in for a date later on in the tour if that's the case;we payed for a polished performance not a dress rehearsal. Towards the end he even spelt out the tenuous links to the theme Science in case we hadn't (which we hadn't) noticed them.Expensive tickets and product... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2010 by johns159sw (1 review written)
In a word dissappointed... we didnt see the warm up but arrived 5 mins before Ricki came on... the on screen intro from an american wasnt that funny.
50% of the show was funny.... unfortunatly the other 50% was not only bad but spoiled the other bit that was. We found his pre-occupation with child abuse quite concerning and the drink driving routine finishing with the punchline of raping an old woman was shocking and i got the feeling people were only laughing because they thought they... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2010
We booked this ages in advance with high expectations from someone we have always found funny and different. What a disappointment it turned out to be. The support act was weak and then another long break meant we were waiting over an hour in our seats to see the main act, which turned out to be a complacent repetition of not very funny material, (that was supposed to be about Science) reminding us how rich he has become at our expense and spending ages going on about a kids' book he... (read more)
Written on: 03/08/2010
As with most other people on here, I went to the show with very high expectations and came away thinking 'is that it?' Judging by the polite applause at the end of the show, and not a single shout of 'more', I can only assume the rest of the audience thought the same. If he wasn't talking about himself, it was fat people and the Bible....that's pretty much it. People were laughing at what he was saying, not because it was funny, but because of who he is. If it was some unknown up-and-coming... (read more)
Written on: 29/07/2010 by Darwin2121 (1 review written)
I count myself as one of Ricky's biggest supporters and loved the previous three themed stand up tours.
My wife on the other hand is not impressed with him, So it took all my powers of persuasion to get her to come along.
The warm up act was great we both laughed out loud, something the wife rarely does!
Then there was the interval and then on bounds RICKY!
From then on it went slowly down hill. I'd like to remind ricky that the title was "SCIENCE" not "BIBLE" You've done that. Not "FAT... (read more)
Written on: 28/07/2010 by tcorkery (3 reviews written)
Having seen his other 'themed' routines I was expecting 'Science' to at least loosely follow a trend. There are many aspects in this theme which could be funny for a clever performer like Ricky such as the mis-use and abuse of science, stupid science (IgNobel awards) not to mention the rich vein of material in pseudo science like intelligent design and alternative medicine (e.g homeopathy). However, what we were treated to was a litany of fat people jokes and an almost unhealthy... (read more)
Written on: 04/06/2010
thought ricky was really good didnt actually have anything to do with science but ricky was really upbeat and lively. Warm up act was pretty good to and i thought that 30 quid wasn that bad for two acts really enjoyed it. (read more)
Written on: 30/04/2010
This was the first time I'd see Ricky live doing stand-up. I thought Stuart Francis was very funny as a warm-up (I've never seen him before either on tv or live), and I enjoyed Ricky's routine too.
I guess all the people who have given it a bad rating are the fatties he took the mickey out of. Go back to your cakes! (read more)
Written on: 30/04/2010
So glad that others found the show disappointing. Lazy, unfunny, arrogant and quite offensive really. I had seen Fame a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. This was a waste of money. I would not recommend this show are any circumstances. I hope someone in Rickys PR team feeds this back to him (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2010
Very disappointing when the support comedian (Stewart Francis) ends up being funnier than the 'star'! What a rip off, Ricky clearly has a talent and is adored by so many but this was a lazy effort with old jokes that we used to tell better ourselves as kids and even more lazy to steal material from Russell Brand! A waste of money to see live and if you still want to see it - 'borrow' the DVD off someone else rather than buy it when ever that surfaces & don't expect to laugh much. (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2010
I was this with my girlfriend on Monday 26th. I'm 6'6 tall and the seats for London were painfully small. My knees were crushed into the seat infront. Really disappointed with the arena seating.
I've always liked Stuart Francis, the support comedian but he'd changed his act slightly. Explaining the punchlines or making them obvious and using old material when I know he has newer stuff.
Ricky was good, the set was amazing. His style of humour was to be expected so please don't complain if... (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2010
I'm not sure if we're talking about the same show, but I went to see him at Wembley last night and it he was on top form!
I'd read reviews yesterday before going to see him, most of which were very negative. My wife and I went to see him with an open mind, and found it hilarious, as it seems did the thousands of others in the arena.
I know us brits often love to knock those who've made a success of themselves and move away from this country for better things, but to talk about this being... (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2010
Im sorry ricki I'm one of your biggest fans but i was really dissapointed with the show. Packed full of old gags and old formula this was no where near the standard of all the other standups! Liked all the jokes that were typically ricki but just wanted more! (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2010
His performance was over-ruled by his own arrogance - a sign of a bad comedian is one who laughs at his own jokes before he's delivered them. He was vulgar and distasteful and really scraped the barrel of decency and indeed entertainment.
We chose to leave early and were more entertained by the sleeping drunk girl in our tube carraige than we were the show!
Stick to acting Mr Gervais, maybe you need the buffer of pre-recording and a few attempts before you get it right.
A very... (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2010
Loved the early XFM shows. Big fan of The Office, Extras, Animals, Politics and Fame. Sadly the Ricky Gervais show seems to be running out of puff and Science is very humour lite. Pushing boundaries sometimes challenges the invisible line of taste which can be no bad thing unless it becomes gratuitous. Sadly Ricky stepped over the line more than once tonight and in doing so failed to raise a laugh. Go see Stewart Lee - sorry Ricky but he's a million times better at this than you are now... (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2010
The supporting act became very irritating after about 5 mins, but I thought well he's a support act so i will put up with him because RICKY GERVAIS will be on soon!! I can honestly say that Ricky Gervais was a complete let down - enjoyed the first 10mins!! He droned on, material was very poor!! Ricky, stick to tv because stand-up is not your forte! What a waste of 35 quid - saw Jimmy Carr at just over half the price and he knocked spots off you!!!! (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2010
Shocking that someone of his ilk can get away with a show so badly. (read more)
Written on: 25/03/2010
We are Ricky Gervais fans but were disappointed with the whole evening. We had to endure thirty minutes of the Canadian comedian who was pretty poor and kept plugging his own evening in Oxford in November. We then had to wait thirty minutes for Ricky and, having been told at the bar that we could not reserve drinks for the interval as the venue was full, it was a long wait as we needed the drink to sustain the evening!!!! Ricky eventually came on stage. Stage set was great, humour poor... (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2009
Ok, first of all i'd like to say i am a Ricky Gervais fan, and therefor i may be slightly bias towards this review.
I actually paid something like 75 pounds to sit in a lounge, but when i got there nobody would tell us where it was.. We were passed from pillar to post and noone seemed to know! Very un-helpful. 45 odd pound extra for nothing.
The first canadian guy that came on i found actually quite funny....For the first 15 or 20 minutes or so. Why this had to go on for 30 odd minutes was... (read more)
Written on: 26/11/2009 by David from Wimborne (1 review written)
Having looked forward to seeing him for months we were very disapointed with the show. First we had the Canadian comedian for about 30 minutes who was very poor followed imediatly by a 30 minute interval.
Ricky Gervais then came on and other than the Noah's Ark story which was quite good but similar to his previous God creating the earth routine the rest was just not very funny. Ricky Gervais came over as not caring much and arrogant. The quip about "How is the recesion going then?" was out... (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2009
absolutely terrible no new material or laughs. At least it was mercifully short - came away feeling disappointed and ripped off (read more)
Written on: 18/11/2009
I was very excited to see Mr Gervais and managed to get my tickets well in advance. I agree with many of the other reviews, I left very dissapointed!! I think the tickets were very overpriced at £30.00 each for only 55min stand-up, which unfortunately wasnt all that great or funny!!
He didnt interact with the audience atall, in fact I thought he came over rather arrogant and uninterested to be there. Shame as he is clearly a very talented person, but lost it on this on (read more)
Written on: 13/11/2009
Extremely disappointing. It looked like more effort had gone into the actual set than the material. Came away feeling slightly ripped off. I could not believe the part of the show where he analysed the Noah's Ark book - it was the kind of humour any school boy could come up with - not what you would expect from a professioal ! Come on Ricky, put some effort in and write something with more originality and depth; you are better than this. (read more)
Written on: 26/08/2009
We were really disappointed.
£30 and not many real, genuine, fresh laughs. First off it takes a long time to get Ricky on stage. We are 'ironically' treated to 20mins of promos for the Office, new movie and P.E.T.A - ?! Ticket said 7.30, there is a funny support (best bit of the night) but be warned Gervais isn't on till 8.30.
On last night's showing, he is so not worth the wait.
Then he finally comes out and has a go at Amanda Holden's authority to be a talent judge on Britain's Got... (read more)
Written on: 25/08/2009
i would like to start by saying his show was really funny, but nothing to do with science, more like bits out his previous shows switched up a bit..
what really anoyed me and most people i rekon was he only did 50 minutes or there abouts.. he seemed to rush through and couldnt wait to leave, you could tell it was go on stage do his show word for word then leave as soon as possible... most people also do signings in the secc but ricky after knocking these people left right away... and some... (read more)
Written on: 21/08/2009
Vulgar to be honest Ricky Gervais is funnier as a writer rather than a stand up, seemed to lose direction often. (read more)