THE INFLUENTIAL MOMENT
8. David Brent, motivational speaker, on the UK Office
Cringe comedy has defined the decade in American TV sitcoms, to some extent, from the American “Office’’ to HBO’s brilliant “The Comeback.’’ And Ricky Gervais’s original version of “The Office’’ was a prime mover behind this genre. The series is crammed with difficult moments that make you squirm for the characters. The sequence in which Gervais’s David Brent delivers a motivational speech, though, is particularly excruciating. The more he talks, the deeper he digs his hole of ridiculousness. His crowning achievement: Dancing out of the room to Tina Turner’s “The Best.’’
Pictured: Ricky Gervais as David Brent.