Ayoade Adoration Association™ Post XIV

Baz Ashmawy isn’t the only TV presenter bravely reinventing macho norms. Actor, director and TV presenter, Richard Ayoade ♥ is a man of many guises, all of them nerdy.

As an actor he’s best known for playing Moss in The I.T. Crowd, as director he’s recently released a screen adaption of a Dostoyevsky novella and as presenter he’s guided us through two very entertaining series of Gadget Man, with a third beginning on Channel 4 last night: “We have gadgets and some might even call me a man. It’s Gadget Man!”

After the bank holiday we’ve had, last night’s weather theme couldn’t have been more apposite. “British weather is well known for its well rubbishness,” said Ayoade, “and it’s getting well rubbisher by the day.”
Gadget Man, TV review: Last night’s weather theme couldn’t have been more apposite

Richard Ayoade kind of crept into our lives. He’s been around for ages, presenting all kinds of amazing content (The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, Gadget Man) but somehow we never...noticed him. But now we've wised up. We’re looking at him. We see you, Richard. And we’ve realised that he might actually be perfect for us.
Here’s why…
#10 He was considered intelligent enough and beloved enough to seamlessly take over from Stephen Fry on Gadget Man. I.E. he’s Stephen Fry’s equal. STEPHEN FRY.
#9 The name “Ayoade” means “Crown of Glory” in the Yoruba language, and that is not a mistake nor a coincidence. That hair is a crown. A glorious, glorious crown.
10 reasons why Richard Ayoade is the perfect man

With The Double released this week into the milieu of Blu-ray, DVD and VOD, it felt like an opportune time to revisit one of the most visually intriguing and hauntingly comic pictures of 2014 by sitting down with the man behind the lens: Richard Ayoade, sitcom darling turned visionary auteur.

Following the success of his directorial debut Submarine – which brought Nouvelle Vague style to Welsh adolescence – Ayoade teamed with Avi Korine (yes, brother of Harmony) to adapt and serve Dostoyevsky's surreal and darkly humourous novella to the big screen. The Double manages to transplant the action from 19th-century Russia to a claustrophobic vision of the future which would sit at home in the dreams of David Lynch or Terry Gilliam, something which I just had to know with which magical super-powers Ayoade managed to achieve.
Richard Ayoade on The Double and the Pathology of Hugh Hefner

Video: Richard Ayoade On What Makes Great Movies And Books

Methinks we're long overdue for a Richard tag.