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Ricky Gervais Shows Brilliance with ‘After Life’

by Lisa Schreiner

Ricky Gervais has always been a comedian that you could rely on to make you laugh until tears are rolling down your cheeks and your sides pang with aches. His brutally honest observations and no-holds-barred wit earned him high praise for his Netflix special, Humanity. That same humor has also lead to some comical (on his end) Twitter debates with internet trolls around the globe. While Gervais is brilliant with his comedy, he is equally equipped to write and direct a dramatic and insightful television show, which he has done with After Life.

The show, which premiered on Netflix on March 8th, revolves around Tony (Gervais) trying to cope with the loss of his wife, through a miserable but nonetheless sarcastic existence. Of course, there is humor to be found, as expected from the British comedian, who’s dry and dark sense of humor is his charm, but the show is also surprise punch to the gut. You hurt for Tony and champion for him; he becomes your hero of depression.

The supporting cast should not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Tony Way, Diane Morgan, Penelope Wilton, Paul Kaye, Tom Basden and Ashley Jensen add to Gervais’s superb writing to make After Life a dramatic, comical, dark masterpiece.         

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