It’s as if on command and with every Netflix comedy special comes a tidal wave of pearly grip and moral understanding. It is a trend popularized by religious extremists throughout history. Unfortunately for them, we live in a digital age where media can be obtained quite easily. Bright minds no longer struggle to get books out of the burning pile – modern censorship has taken the form of online discourse, corporations (of inherently questionable ethics and practices) flirting with the cancellation of culture and in general.
Luckily, comedy is still the antidote to this and comes in the form of your Hicks, Carlin, Chapelle and in this case – Gervais.
Ricky has returned to his roots in both content and distribution here, and it’s fun to watch (read our review of the Netflix special ‘Ricky Gervais: Humanity’ here). Much of his material in Super Nature is reminiscent of the quick delivery and mocking indifference shown during his 11 O’Clock Show days.
The theme of this show mainly deals with the aforementioned themes of ‘wake-up culture’ and the nature of modern comedy. At least for the opening of the special section, which places the routines on a suitable point of view.
The comedian aims for hypocrisy and absurdity with skillful skill, using a surgical blade and a sledgehammer.
The only minus in the program is sadly a feature of our times. Modern comedy must now include a transition that deals with derogatory behavior and cultural annihilation, sobriety, gender, and identity politics. This part seemed to have to appear in all modern shows and had to include the comedian pointing out the definitions of comedy. Or at least with the disclaimer saying this is a comedy.
Gervais expertly points to this culture of insult and the perceived rules surrounding the nature of humor and comedy. It’s a shame he has to tread on this murky water but it’s 2022 now and the subject is ripe to choose.
This show is Gervais back in top form, clearly enjoying what he’s doing. Compared to the previous specials, this one uses a more conversational tone and fluid delivery, suitable for comics. This is Gervais’ Ted talk about life, the universe, and everything.
Unsurprisingly, there have been complaints around the show’s content, but as Gervais aptly points out – the jokes aren’t offensive….