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This week's Culture Vultures recommend:

The Ricky Gervais Show, film at the MCA, and Dance in the Parks



Matt, your friendly Bulls blogger from, is tuning in to:

The Ricky Gervais Show cartoon An animated version of the best bits of HBO's Ricky Gervais Show features the exuberant wit of its titular ringleader and his equally brilliant writing partner Stephen Merchant. But its real star is (as they call him) the "round-headed buffoon" Karl Pilkington.

Karl's unique, bizarre view of the world is so unintentionally hilarious that you'd almost think it was scripted if it wasn't so perfect. Well-meaning but easily annoyed, Karl knows just enough about a topic to have a ridiculous opinion, and Gervais and Merchant are masters at getting him to dig himself into ideological holes. There are moments of wisdom that only a simpler person could reason, but many more where his opinion is simply stupid. The ability of the animation to create the world as Karl sees it adds to the improvisational nature of the conversation. More precise, scripted comedies may force you to acknowledge their humor, but the absurdity of this show gets me cackling.

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