When reading of David Bowie's passing, this video came to mind, one I suspect that most people aren't aware of, but it's wonderful. It comes from an appearance he made on Ricky Gervais's TV series, Extras (which is inconsistent but generally absolutely terrific. It has great guest stars shredding their personas -- like Kate Winselt Patrick Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe and Diana Rigg -- together in perhaps the funniest episode, Samuel L. Jackson, Orlando, Ben Stiller and more, And the series Christmas finale special may be the best thing I've ever seen Ricky Gervais do).
The scene is helped by a set-up.
In the first season, Gervais plays a character, Andy Millman, who's an extra in the British film and TV industry, but with greater hopes, among them trying to sell a series he's written. In the second season, the show has been sold, When the Whistle Blows, about workers at a factory, but he's very unhappy how the BBC has dumbed it down, and his co-starring character is just a bumbler with a stilly catchphrase ("Are you having a laugh?!") that has caught on.
In this scene, he's gone to a bar with some friends, including his clueless agent played by Stephen Merchant. Gervais is feeling a bit down, somewhat wanting to be recognized and appreciated, but mostly wanting to be ignored. They pay 60 pounds to sit in the V.I.P.section, in part because he crosses paths with his snarky nemesis and wants to impress the guy, but mainly he's feeling shy about it all.
Then they spot David Bowie there and...
Well, here it is --
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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