Life's Too Short TV Show Review
Life's Too Short - A Mockumentary About the Dwarf Warrick Davis
Life's Too Short TV show is a fake documentary about the life of Britains most famous dwarf, Warrick Davis. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant created and wrote the comedy series after Warrick Davis came up with the idea. Life's Too Short follows a similar path as their previous work such as The Office and An idiot Abroad, so it's easy to see why they decided to do this project.
HBO and BBC 2 worked on this project together. BBC 2 aired the 7 episodes of the comedy Life's Too Short TV Show iin November 2011. HBO aired the show on the 19th of February, 2012.
Life's Too Short has met with such success in the UK that it has already been green lit for a second season, which is due to air in 2013.
What is Life's Too Short About?
Since Life's Too Short is a comedy documentary that follows the daily life of Warrick Davis, many of the cast actually play themselves.
Warrick Davis plays himself; an exaggerated version of the most famous dwarf in Britian. You might know his as he was an Ewok in Star Wars. He comes over as arrogant and pompous. He also starred in Willow, which was actually a flop, but he is so proud of it because the audience actually got to see his face that time.
Warrick has gone to see Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant looking for more work. Ricky and Stephen play themselves, the set up is exactly the same as when they worked with Karl Pilkington in An Idiot Abroad. Ricky and Stephen sit behind their desk and are sick of seeing Warrick.
Warrick thinks of them as his good buddies in the Industry and that they will help him out with work, give him advice and generally are there for discussions about anything and nothing. Meanwhile, Ricky and Stephen are busy will real actors that pop into their office to discuss their futures and what they are looking to get into. Most of these cameo performances are famous actors playing themselves, but exaggerated.
Warrick Davis opens the documentary by explaining he wants the audience to get a look at a dwarf that respects himself. However, it soon becomes clear that this was tongue in cheek and the show is the complete opposite.
Warrick is having problems with his wife. She is of normal stature and he tried to upgrade her for a better model. When that failed he came back to his wife with his tail between his legs, but she'd had enough and is kicking him out.
Warrick has a huge house and drives a jeep. He has to sit on 3 Yellow Pages to see over the steering wheel. How he reaches the pedals isn't shown. How he gets out the 4 wheel drive is clumsy and looks like he could hurt himself. He falls out of the jeep and tries to catch himself on the handle on the inside of the door, before he sits his head off the ground.
Warrick's also in financial trouble as his Accountant is an idiot and has calculated his tax contributions incorrectly. He has to find a way to make over £200,000 fast. He also runs a talent agency for other dwarves, hiring them out for acting jobs. We see an audition by two dwarves which I found humiliating and cringe worthy, but it's supposed to be funny.
At the end, Warrick's wife has changed the locks and he decides to crawl in through the hole in the door, that's supposed to be for the dog. He gets stuck while his wife watches him, sipping her tea.
People will wonder if this show is actually real. It is fake!!
Special Guest Stars on Life's Too Short
There are lots of cameo appearances on Life's Too Short.
Here is a list of some of the actors you are likely to recognise on the show.
Johnny Depp, Lian Nieson, Helena Bonham Carter, Right Said Fred, Keith Chegwin, Cat Deeley, Sting and Sophia Ellis-Bexter to name a few. There are more, but will let you spot them for yourself.
Preview of a Scene From Life's Too Short
What WIll You Think of Life's Too Short?
I realize that Life's Too Short was first aired in the UK, but I really didn't like it. I felt bad for Warrick Davis on too many levels. I found it hard to believe that someone would subject themselves to this. To me it was very much like the UK's version of The Office and I really despised that with a passion too.
I was hoping Warrick Davis, in Life's Too Short, would be more like Karl Pilkington, in An Idiot Abroad, which I was guilty of laughing at hysterically. It was that funny. I didn't laugh even once while watching Life's Too Short and I found the joke section with Liam Nieson abysmally inappropriate.
I really felt at times that Warrick was being taken advantage of. I know that's the whole point of the show, but for so many reasons it felt wrong to me. It remided me of an Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List where Karl Pilkington went to China and saw the village full of dwarves. He called Warrick Davis to speak to him about it and asked if he found that degrading. He got angry and said it was. Yet I found the stuff he does in this TV show far more degrading.
Clearly, this show is not for me, but I have to say I watched this with my partner and he thought it was great. Again, he was a huge fan of The Office so maybe that's the secret to whether or not you will like Life's Too Short.
Life's Too Short Available on DVD
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