The Funniest Improvised Scenes in TV Shows and Movies
Ricky Gervais, Galavant
You might remember Galavant as being that television show that hilariously combined comedy, music, special guests and a fairytale theme. Actually, I say you might remember it, but that sounds as though it's been relegated to the deepest, darkest corners of a television subscription service. On the contrary, we're currently awaiting the release of a new series, which is set to be just as brilliant as the first series.
British comedy actor Ricky Gervais was one of the famous faces who appeared on the show, but instead of learning a script, he actually improvised his lines. Rather than being offended, the scriptwriter Kirker Butler was pleased with the improvisation and innovation of Gervais, saying that the episode was "so much better" as a result!
Stephen Merchant, Extras
This is one story of improvisation on top of improvisation on top of improvisation! Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais are a great comedy pairing which has resulted in numerous brilliant television shows, most notably Extras. Apparently the pair improvised so much during the writing process that they "didn't really need to improvise on the set". However, all that improvisation clearly wasn't enough, as they still resorted to ad-libbing from time to time! To have that much unscripted material and still end up with one of the funniest shows on television shows the mark of a true comedic genius!