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Ricky Gervais Wants David Brent to Star in a Rock Band Mockumentary

Ricky Gervais has been reviving his classic Office character David Brent several times over the past year — from the web short "The Return of Brent" to two hit UK gigs as Brent's rock band Foregone Conclusion — and as Chortle reports, Gervais has called the band performances a "Trojan Horse" to get Brent back on television.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Gervais confirmed that his newest TV idea involves Brent's most recent deluded belief that he's the next Jack Kerouac. "It's just an idea," he said. "I want to do a tour, a little tour — and people think they're seeing a tour. I film [...]

British Museum Hires World's First Comedian-In-Residence

Which job is tougher: comedian or miner? Normally I'd say miner unless the comedian is performing mining-related jokes at a mining museum, and that's exactly the job offer British comic Seymour Mace just accepted at the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland. Mace will engage Woodhorn's staff and visitors (many are ex-miners) at a market stall outside the museum until next summer, when he will use material from their stories to create and perform a standup set at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic. He'll also "work with staff and volunteers to show how they can use standup skills in communicating with visitors."

"I think this idea of having a resident comedian [...]

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg to Bring Their Trilogy to its (World's) End

Wright and Pegg's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (spelling flavors with a "u", classic), which so far has included Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, will reach its conclusion soon. Wright and Pegg will film The World's End this fall, with intention for a spring 2013 release. As before, Wright will direct with Pegg starring with Nick Frost. Here's the synopsis:

"20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his [...]

Welsh Standup Jenny Collier Booted from Show Over "Too Many Women" on the Bill

On Friday, Welsh standup Jenny Collier tweeted out a screenshot of an email regarding a comedy gig she had booked in the Surrey town of Haslemere, England. The email — which didn't include the sender's address — read:

Hi Jenny

I'm really sorry but the venue have decided they don't want too many women on the bill and unfortunately we need to take you out of this one. We hope this doesn't cause any inconvenience.

Soon after Collier tweeted out the screenshot, the email went viral and currently has almost 6,000 retweets. Collier hasn't named the venue or booker for the show, but they've since been confirmed as [...]

Ricky Gervais Launching a New Web Series

Ricky "The Germ Vase" Gervais took to his blog to announce he put the finishing touches on a new "internet project" called Learn English with Ricky Gervais. The first one will be free but after that he might start charging or looking for sponsorship. He doesn't reveal exactly what it is but the line "We hope to have it subtitled into as many languages as possible" implies its going to be a jokey English tutorial in which Gervais will instruct people on how to say witty Gervaisisms. The only problem is he'll probably be teaching British English, which is kind of the same as American English but "fag" [...]

Director of BBC Television Bans All-Male Comedy Show Panels

In an interesting move, BBC has announced a ban on all-male panels on popular comedy shows like QI, Mock the Week, and Have I Got News for You. The decision comes after frequent complaints from the network and female comedians alike about the male dominance on the series, whose guest panels featured only 5 women out of a total 38 panelists in recent episodes. Director of BBC Television Danny Cohen called the male-to-female ratio "unacceptable" and was very matter-of-fact about the all-male ban: "We're not going to have panel shows on any more with no women on them. You can't do that. It's unacceptable." BBC's entertainment controller Mark [...]

Hulu To Air New Episodes of 'The Thick of It'

Hulu and the BBC announced today that they're going to work together to produce a much-anticipated fourth season of Armando Iannuci's The Thick of It. The fantastic British political comedy has been off the air since 2009, back when Gordon Brown was still Prime Minster (British politics joke – nailed it). If you aren't familiar, the previous seasons and specials will be up on Hulu on July 29. This move effectively makes Hulu the official destination of hearing cursing in British accents.