Ricky Gervais subtly responds after fellow comedian Stewart Lee criticises hit show, After Life – Buzz.ie
Stewart Lee branded Gervais’ After Life “one of the worst things that’s ever been made by a human”
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Ricky Gervais has indirectly reacted to the criticism of his hit show After Life from fellow comedian Stewart Lee.
Stewart Lee made headlines this week when he ripped into Gervais' hugely successful TV show, After Life.
While Lee admitted that he was a fan of some of Gervais' previous television projects, he held nothing back with his take on After Life, the award-winning black comedy which follows newspaper writer Tony Johnson, played by Gervais, as he struggles to cope following the death of his wife.
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During a recent appearance on Rob Brydon's podcast, Lee completely dismissed the popularity of After Life.
"I think The Office is brilliant," he told Brydon.
"I think Ricky’s comedy drama work is of diminishing returns to the point where it’s now abysmal. I think it must be very sad.
"If you’re teaching drama or creative writing, how can you make a case for the things that make drama and creative writing good when After Life is a success? Because your kids could just go, ‘But none of those things happen in this!’ And yet, millions of people watch it.
"I think it’s one of the worst things that’s ever been made by a human."
Gervais has not directly addressed Lee's comments but the After Life creator and star has liked a series of tweets which ridiculed Lee's assessment of the show.
As well as that, Gervais posted a clip from After Life that many believe is a veiled dig at Lee.
In the above clip, Gervais' character Tony calls a man in the park a "fat, hairy, nosy c**ksucker."
The first series of After Life, which landed on Netflix in 2019, received largely positive reviews and the show has since gone on to become the most-watched British comedy of all time on the streaming platform.
After Life has been nominated for several awards and in 2021, it won a UK National Film Award and a National Television Award.
The series has also inspired a collaboration between Netflix and suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) to erect dozens of park benches around the United Kingdom.
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