Gervais’ ‘Life’s Too Short’ another peek into showbiz
February 20th, 2012
09:50 AM ET

Gervais’ ‘Life’s Too Short’ another peek into showbiz

Let's set the scene for Sunday's series premiere of "Life's Too Short": Warwick Davis takes us around his office, where we see images of his performance as Wicket the Ewok in "Return of the Jedi," and a poster of his 1988 box office disappointment, "Willow."

Stopping at the poster, Davis remarks that most of the massive budget for the Ron Howard film has since been made back...and that's basically the series in a nutshell.

Davis, ever the optimist about his career, gives us a glimpse into his life – both as a talent agent for his fellow little people and as a struggling actor himself – one that is not quite as glamorous or promising as he makes it out to be.

For example, when we're introduced to his wife, she kicked him out of the house, reminding him that they were supposed to be getting a divorce.

When Davis met with Ricky Gervais and writing partner Stephen Merchant, the pair confessed that they had no roles for him, and zero interest in hearing Davis' detailed discussion of what went wrong in his marriage.

In what promises to be the first of many celebrity cameos, Liam Neeson stops by the office to proclaim an interest in doing more comedy. He also said he had a general talent for making lists, something he claimed got him the part in another movie with "List" in the title.

So far, Davis' misadventures are quite entertaining – and this being even closer to a mockumentary than "The Office" or "Extras" (due to the fact that everyone is playing themselves), I can forgive "Life's Too Short" for not being quite as consistently funny as those two just yet.

I do hope to continue to see more of Gervais and Merchant as the short six-episode season goes on, as well.

Did you tune in to HBO's newest comedy? Tell us what you thought on iReport or comment below.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Brad Porter

    A little man can still find a little woman and be her Big Man!

    May 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peter Seligman

    As a Little man. 5ft. tall, people do not realize my limitations in trying to date.

    May 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sokman

    Willow was a good movie

    February 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeffrey

    loved the show. as with extras and the office, i believe the first episode will primarily be used as the tool of introductions, while the following shows will be more comedic based. it's obviously going to be a very character-driven show, so it's probably fairly important that we get to know the characters.

    February 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |

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