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If you’re looking for someone to host an entertainment awards ceremony that doesn’t have quite the prestige as the Oscars or the Eimmys, then it helps to have someone known for a sharp wit and a lack of Hollywood pretentiousness. Re-enter Ricky Gervais.
On the lighter end of the Ricky Gervais' roasting spectrum are Golden Globe co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who have poked fun at the Brit for his own hosting stint. But rather than sit back and take it with a smile and a high-pitched chortle, Gervais will possibly use this year’s ceremony to take it right back to them.
Even though we’d never want to actually deal with Ricky Gervais’ brilliantly aggravating David Brent on a daily basis, it certainly is a discomforting pleasure to have him back in our lives every so often. This may be our first peek into Brent’s upcoming transition to the silver screen, and there’s arguably no better way to experience this self-inflated buffoon than in song.
Ricky Gervais paid a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Naturally, words were exchanged. And not just the usual funny words one might expect from comedic-minded people like Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Fallon. The two engaged in an actual word game during Gervais' interview.
So, unless I'm misinterpreting David Brent's words, he thinks he's like Winston Churchill or Mahatma Gandhi, but he's doing it with music. That's very wise. Also wise? Not being easily baited. Brent will talk about whether or not he's single, but he refuses to answer the "A-minor" question. Some cheeky fan though that was a good question to ask, but you can't get one past Brent, can you?
David Brent is back! Again! Ricky Gervais' beloved Office character is now offering guitar lessons to his fans. The video above popped up on Ricky Gervais' YouTube channel. Like Michael Scott, Brent is actually musically talented. But also like Michael Scott, he often doesn't know what he's talking about. What Brent lacks in actual wisdom, he makes up for in unintentional humor, and that's always what's worked so well for Gervais' character.
We’ve known for a while that Derek would head to Netflix after airing in the U.K.; however, we didn’t know when the move to Netflix would be happening. On Tuesday it was announced that all seven episodes of Derek are set to hit Netflix on September 12. The date and time is extremely precise. Derek will hit the subscription streaming service at 12:01 a.m. PST on that date.
Some might argue that comparing art is a fruitless exercise. They'd probably be right. Pitting one work against the other in some kind of quality competition certainly goes against the spirit of any true artistic endeavour but sitcoms aren't really art and nobody likes fruit. Obviously, I'm kidding. Fruit is healthy as well as delicious. And sitcoms can occasionally be Art with a capital 'A.' Now, with that pretentious bit of rationalizing out of the way, what version of The Office is better? U.K. or U.S.?
Fans of the original U.K. comedy The Office didn't need to raise money via Kickstarter to see Ricky Gervais returned to the role of David Brent. The comedian did that for charity with The Return of Brent, a 10-minute segment that returns us to the bizarre world of former Wernham Hogg Paper Company (Slough branch) regional manager David Brent to show us what he's been getting up to in recent years. As it happens, he's working on his music. Or someone else's.
Once upon a time, just before he became mega-famous on this side of the pond, Ricky Gervais starred in a little show called The Office. The U.K. series spawned the NBC comedy that's wrapping up this year, so the timing seems about right for David Brent to surface (again). And Ricky Gervais plans to make that happen for Comic Relief with a mini episode, which will air on BBC One next month.
If “self-deprecating comedy” were a brand, the face of Ricky Gervais would be pasted all over it. Despite his fairly dismal ventures into filmmaking, Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office and Extras are easily two of the funniest sitcoms to ever exist, and I’m fine with my favoritism showing. But when it comes to Life’s Too Short, the comedy just doesn’t measure up, because we’ve seen this already.
Last spring, the pilot episode for Ricky Gervais’ somewhat controversial new comedy series, Derek, aired in the UK on Channel 4. Subsequently, the series was picked up to air in 2013 and now, Gervais himself has kindly tweeted out the first trailer for the series.
Maybe seeing comedian pal Louis CK hosting Saturday Night Live has finally inspired Ricky Gervais to give the gig a shot. Or perhaps we're just lucky that another great comedian could be hosting SNL this season. Nothing has been announced by NBC yet, but from what Gervais says, we may just see the actor/comedian hosting an episode of the long-running sketch comedy series sometime next year.
Ricky Gervais’ Derek is heading to Netflix. The show’s pilot was produced for British public access television, where it aired on April 12, 2012. A full series has been commissioned by Channel 4, and in the U.S., Derek, will be a Netflix exclusive.
In his usual open style, Ricky Gervais turned to his website to provide fans with updates on Derek’s development as well as share news about a new internet project called Learn English with Ricky Gervais. He recently finished the pilot of the series that features him and Pilkington trying to teach English to those who aren’t familiar with the language. That’s right, Karl Pilkington spreading his knowledge to the world, can you imagine what he’d be like as a teacher? You don’t have to, take a look.