01/18/2010 AT 2:00 PM ET
I’d been looking forward to Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes ever since he showed up on the Emmys: He did a sensational bit about how what would be considered average good looks in the movies pass for handsome on television. The thought of him at the helm of an entire awards show was irresistible.
But at the start of the Globes, as he complained about seeing all the glory of creating The Office go to NBC’s Steve Carrell – then upped the ante by suggesting the American version has jumped the shark – a viewer might have realized how tough it is to tell when Gervais actually is joking. I suddenly worried that his faint air of damp anxiety might turn out in this situation to be genuine flop sweat.