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Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Dry Humour Man

I think one of the best things that came out of my $50 Hollywood late fee extravaganza was my introduction to the BBC series Extras.

I just watched the first three episodes of the second season--and they were brilliant. Gueststars included Orlando Bloom, David Bowie (DAVID BOWIE!), and Daniel Potter-Radcliffe. So funny. Sooooo funny.

If you haven't yet seen an episode of Extras, the premise is that Andy (Ricky Gervais) is a middle aged aspiring actor. His agent is completely useless so Andy ends up as an extra in movies and television shows amongst famous actors and actresses. The show offers up an outsiders view of the inside of the entertainment industry--complete with interaction with people like Patrick Stewart and Kate Winslet and Ben Stiller.

Extras is great--there is always a show within the show, the guest stars parody their own public personas, and there's lots of jokes revolving around very uncomfortable subjects like race, religion, disability and sexual orientation. All packaged in the lovely dry sense of humor the British are famous for.

So when you rent the second season DVD, watch the bonus features on the first disc. Especially the second feature, with David Bowie. He is brilliantly funny; who knew he was such a comedian??

Extras--seasons one and two on DVD