Animals is a stand-up comedy, performed by Ricky Gervais, directed by Dominic Brigstocke. The stand-up comedy, released on 17 November 2003, by the Universal Pictures UK has a run time of 73 minutes and was filmed life at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.
The stand-up comedy is based around the stand-up comedian’s fascination with the animal kingdom (including that curious species, the human being) and covers subjects as diverse as classifying bats, gay animals and the Great War poets. We all have to admire the stand-up comedian’s bravery and originality for producing a stand-up comedy routine based on the behavior and life of animals. Fans will wonder if any subject is taboo as the comedy drifts from his interpretation of the Bible, to parts of the animal kingdom that the BBC never dared to cover.
The stand-up comedy starts well: Ricky's opening gags around his weight and obesity in humans is hilarious. The rest of the comedy show is incredible funny. There is hardly a second that goes by where you're not laughing hysterically.
The stand-up comedian has his own style and it works for him. He uses a lot of "the office" style in his comedy show so any fan of the Office will like this stand-up performance maybe more than the average person. I can't remember the stand-up comedian laughing at anything he says, yet do recall him waiting for the audience to stop laughing in order to be able to continue. He's one of those comedians who look very comfortable on stage. After watching this stand-up routine, I doubt anyone else could have pulled this stand-up comedy show off and got the laughs he did.
The stand-up comedy is crude in places so don't watch it in front of sensitive people (or very religious people either). Again, if you are easy to offend, it’s better to choose another stand-up routine. There are some routines during the comedy performance absolutely hysterical: the snake and Adam & Eve from the Eden Garden, swimming elephants, bald spiders, king kong.
I fully recommend this stand-up comedy. It’s worth purchasing and is definitely a comedy show that can be watched more than once. All together worth every penny!