Ricky Gervais accused of ‘recycling’ outdated jokes in Netflix collection After Life

AFTER Life has left some fans of Ricky Gervais with a sense of déjà vu?

Ricky Gervais has been accused of recycling his old jokes in his new Netflix series, after Life. 

The brand new series follows Tony (Gervais) who contemplates taking his own life after his wife dies. 

However, he instead decides to live, and punish the world by doing an saying whatever he likes, no matter what offence he might cause. 

Despite the interesting premise, fans have noticed that some of the comedy in the series seems very familiar. 

The first episode features a joke that the comedian previously used in his 2004 live tour, where he shared an anecdote about his friend from university. 

Gervais says: “And the old lady, just making conversation — she probably said it to everyone who came in that day – she went to Pete: ‘It’s awful, isn’t it?’ And he went, ‘Yeah. Yeah, she’s 93. Scarred for life.’ But you leave it, don’t you? Pete went, ‘Well, that’s not scarred for life then, is it?’”

“She went, ‘What?’ ‘You scar a baby for life, don’t you? If she lives till she’s 100, she’s only been scarred for seven per cent of her life.’ He did the maths for her! Like this old woman’s meant to go, ‘Yeah, you’re right. F*** her!’”

Another similarity appears during episode five, when his character says: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” 

The same proverbs previous said during the second series of radio series “The Ricky Gervais Guide To…”.

Numerous fans have taken to social media to hit out the star for re-using some of his old material and dressing it up as new. 

 

One annoyed fan wrote: “I liked After life. I just wish the jokes wernt recycled from XFM and podcast days. Even the tree quote is from a podcast. Great cast though, which is needed when Ricky Gervais literally plays himself for the entire series.”

While a second tweeted: “Liking After Life so far, although it’s a bit lazy of Gervais to reuse gags from his standup shows. For example the ‘scarred for life’ bit.”

However, another fan seemed to be loving the series, saying: “After Life might just be better than The Office!”

After Life is available to stream on Netflix now. 

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