• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 22, 2011
  • Season #: 1
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13

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  1. Jan 18, 2012
    0
    Very decent show. C.K, Seinfeld, and Rock have been at the top of the game for years. Meanwhile Gervais is a third wheel, totally ruining what would have been an amazing hour of television. Would have been a lot better without Gervais, who comes off as arrogant and sometimes petulant. At one point he angrily tries to tell the others what they find funny about a certain joke, as they tell him he's wrong and explain why they find it funny, Gervais gets more agitated and more obnoxious. Gervais has one note; irony, whereas the others know entire scales and modes filled with notes that Gervais doesn't even know exist. Gervais should have stayed off camera, and put Steven Wright or Norm Macdonald, someone like that, in there. Someone who worked to get where they are. As opposed to Gervais, who had a stand up career handed to him because of The Office. Expand
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 22, 2011
    80
    Well, Talking Funny is certainly addictive.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 21, 2011
    70
    If you're an avid fan of any of them, there's probably something here for you, especially if you like to monitor subtext.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 21, 2011
    80
    While there was plenty these four could have continued to talk about, there was never a point where I felt they missed something obvious because they didn't know the others and what they do well enough.