I went to see Ricky Gervais doing standup in Hollywood on Saturday. It was in the Kodak Theatre where they host The Oscars each year. Its a very nice place, and was a sellout (3,401 seats there according to wikipedia). I was a little surprised to see how popular he is out here but hopefully that will mean more of his stuff comes our way, at the moment I’m having to import DVDs from the UK. He got a good write up (this one is for the first show on the Friday) and the crowd loved it, every joke got a huge laugh and Gervais got a standing ovation at the end of the show.
Overall he was hilarious as always, but I was a little disappointed at the lack of original material. Sure, most of the audience will only have seen The Office and Extras and none of his standup is out here, but with a new tour name I was expecting some new material targeted at the American audience, but what we got was a ‘best of’ compilation from Politics and Fame.
It was still a very enjoyable evening which was started off by some of the best sushi I’ve had at Shintaro, just up the road from the theatre. In researching the restaurant’s name just now I came across their website, another example of why I don’t think I’m going to be putting much effort into learning Flash right now for web design. It looks pretty, but why can’t I click on things??? The pictures and text look like they should be links, but you have to use the small at the bottom of the page. I get frustrated with difficult to navigate Flash designs. Oh and there’s no option to stop playing their background music. Arrrggg (that didn’t sound so much like a pirate in my head). Anyway, their food was delicious.