In a post on his website, comedian Ricky Gervais just proposed what very well could turn out to be the best idea of all-time: Get together with a “few chums” — chums like Louis CK, Chris Rock, Karl Pilkington, John Stewart, and Larry David — to hold a 3-hour webcast that would run during the 2012 Golden Globes, and serve as “alternative commentary” to the awards show.
“People at home can have the telly on with the sound down listening to us online say things that no broadcaster could get away with,” writes Gervais.
“No one could do a f**king thing.”
Sound amazing? Of course it does! Unfortunately, it appears to be just an idea, at least for the moment. Gervais says that he may “do a non-broadcast practice with The Emmys to see if it works,” then let us know whether the plan will move forward.
Considering the response his idea’s received so far, it appears that such a webcast would be a massive hit. A screenshot of his blog post is, at the time of this writing, by far the most popular post on Reddit, with a headline that reads, “Ricky Gervais has an idea that would not only make the Golden Globes watchable, it would make it the best show of the year.” The post has been upvoted more than 23,000 times, more than any other post in the past month, at least.
Of course, this idea follows Gervais’ hilarious, albeit biting, stint as the actual host of the 2011 Golden Globes — a platform from which he managed to upset so many people that, when he disappeared for an hour of the ceremony, many Internet users thought he’d been fired on the spot. Needless to say, he wasn’t invited back.
The way we see it, if Gervais can get even two of the people above (especially if those two people are Jon Stewart and Louis CK), then he has a fail-proof plan. What do you think? Can Gervais pull it off? More importantly — would you tune in?
UPDATE 9/12/11: Chris Rock just tweeted that he’s “in” with Gervais’ plan. This just might happen, people! Stay tuned.
(Note: Gervais’ website does not allow for links to individual posts, which is why we have not linked directly here.)