Despite all of its cringe-worthy moments, the original version of The Office was at its core a love story between the characters Tim and Dawn. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that series co-creator Stephen Merchant has a bit of a soft spot for romantic comedies.
That affinity is on display in Merchant’s latest project, Hello Ladies: The Movie, which premieres Sunday on HBO. Merchant stars in, co-wrote, and directed the TV movie, which concludes the series of the same name that aired for one season on HBO.
I recently had the chance to chat with Merchant about Hello Ladies, his first major project without long-time [...]
Ricky Gervais was on The Tonight Show last night, and he and Fallon played "Word Sneak", the game in which each person has a list of five words that they need to try to sneak into natural conversation. Naturally, it devolved pretty quickly, with Gervais only half-committing to the game, but it still ended pretty perfectly.
Those clever people over at Fast Company have launched a new web series, "Creation Stories," where interesting people tell stories about their creative process. In this inaugural episode, Ricky Gervais recounts how an English teacher taught him the value of writing honestly and also not ripping off TV shows about maverick detectives that play by their own rules. There's an important reminder for all writers in there, accompanied by plenty of Gervais giggling.
After filming a series of popular YouTube videos reprising his character David Brent from The Office under the name "Learn Guitar with David Brent," Ricky Gervais has been receiving offers to release a music album. Gervais, who was a part of the failed new wave pop duo Seona Dancing in the early '80s, said, "I can't believe I'm getting ridiculous offers from major record companies all over the world for a David Brent album. Where were these people when I was trying to be a real popstar?" He added, "It's been so much fun bringing back David Brent and have him philosophise on YouTube and spend all his hard-earned [...]
Here's the trailer for The Office Revisited, a short that Ricky Gervais made in which he'll bring back his character David Brent so we can see what his life is like 10 years later. Brent is now working a lowly job in the music industry while trying to get his music career back on track. You can watch a longer (non embeddable) trailer on YouTube. The Office Revisited will debut on March 15th on Comic Relief's Red Nose Day on BBC. Gervais will post the short on his YouTube channel that same day.
This is the only time he's played Brent since The Office wrapped up in 2003 [...]