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Ricky Gervais (born 25.6.1961) Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, actor and scriptwriter.
Childhood: Ricky Gervais was born in Reading, Berkshire, to Jerry and Eva Gervais. He has two brothers, Larry and Bob and a sister, Marsha.
In the past, Gervais has compared his family upbringing to The Waltons and has said that the family members made fun of each other regularly.
After leaving Ashmead School, Gervais attended University College London, studying Biology and then Philosophy. It was at UCL that he met his future wife, Jane Fallon, the TV producer and screenwriter.
Musical Career: In 1983, Ricky Gervais and Bill Macrae formed the pop band Seona Dancing. They signed to London Records and released two singles. 'More To Lose' and 'Bitter Heart' both failed to set the world alight and the band's career ended promptly.
Radio Career: Gervais landed a job at Xfm London as 'head of speech'. When he looked for an assistant, the first CV that was given to him was that of Stephen Merchant, who he hired after conducting a job interview in the local pub. When Xfm was bought by Capital Radio, Gervais was made redundant.
Gervais and Merchant went on to contribute sketches for Radio 1's The Breezeblock show from 1999-2000.
In 2001, the pair returned to Xfm to present a Saturday morning show, along with Karl Pilkington. In 2005, The Guardian offered 12 free weekly podcasts, hosted by Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington. The unexpected success of the podcasts saw them fast become the most popular podcast in the world and achieved a spot in the Guinness World Record list as the world's most downloaded podcast.
Television Career: Ricky Gervais' mainstream television debut came when his show Golden Years was broadcast as part of Channel 4's 'Comedy Lab' series in 1998. He then landed a regular slot on The 11 O'clock Show, replacing the section filled by Ali G.
Gervais went on to present a comedy chat show entitled Meet Ricky Gervais but the series flopped and even Gervais himself laughs about its poor quality.
Ricky has written for a number of TV sitcoms, including Simon Pegg's Spaced and The Jim Tavare Show. In 2006, he became the only British comedian to have written and starred in an episode of The Simpsons.
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant worked together on the highly successful spoof docu-soap The Office. Screened by the BBC, the series also starred Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis and Mackenzie Crook. The popularity of the series was noted by American comedy writers who bought the rights to the script and created their own version, with Steve Carrell playing the David Brent character.
Gervais continued the success of The Office and went on to make Extras, a sitcom based on the experience of actors working as background extras. The series featured a number of high profile star guests, including Kate Winslet, Vinnie Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellan and Stephen Fry. A 2007 Christmas Special starred Clive Owen, George Michael, Jonathan Ross and Gordon Ramsey. The show won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy in 2008.
Stand-up Comedy: Gervais has performed a number of highly successful stand-up tours, focusing on a different subject on each tour. His first tour was with the show Animals, in 2003, followed the next year by Politics. In 2007, he toured the show Fame, which sold out within 45 minutes of the tickets going on sale.
Author: In 2004, Ricky Gervais published a children's book entitled Flanimals, in which he created a number of fictional animal characters. The book was hugely successful and he followed it up with More Flanimals, Flanimals of the Deep and Day of the Bletching.
In 2006, a book entitled The World of Karl Pilkington was released, featuring extracts of conversation between Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
Film Career: Gervais has appeared in a number of roles, in films such as The Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller and the cartoon Valiant, which also featured the voice of Ewan McGregor.
In 2008, Gervais took on his first major starring role in Ghost Town, which was released, to a mixed reception, in 2008.
From Ricky Gervais to Alice Cooper.
It's Friday the 13th! The most superstitious date of the year that usually occurs at least twice. Plenty of people have been Tweeting about this date, from hilarious memes and memorable gifs to multiple references to Jason Voorhees and the slasher movie franchise.
Friday the 13th was on everyone's mind today
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But not all TV viewers were happy with the results of the Radio Times’ reader poll.
Radio Times readers have voted ‘Mrs Browns Boys’ the best British sitcom of the 21st century, beating Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s ‘The Office’. Over 14,000 votes were cast in the online poll, but many viewers weren't happy with Brendan O’Carroll’s sitcom taking the top spot.
Mrs Browns Boys’ has been voted the best British sitcom of the 21st century
‘Mrs Browns Boys’ has been a ratings winner for the BBC since it began in 2011, but the sitcom has never been a hit with critics. On Twitter users were quick to voice their anger at the poll's result, despite it being decided by a public vote.
Continue reading: 'Mrs Brown's Boys' Named Best British Sitcom Of 21st Century
Gervais is back as David Brent in ‘Life On The Road’ but a lot has changed since he created ‘The Office’.
The always outspoken Ricky Gervais has had his fair share of controversies on Twitter. But the comedian and actor says he’s now at the point where he won’t be explaining himself on social media anymore and if people don’t get one of his tweets they can “f***ing live with it”.
Ricky Gervais is back as David Brent
Speaking to NME about the return of David Brent in Life On The Road, Gervais explained how much social media has change society since we first saw the character. “In The Office, I didn’t have other characters blatantly saying: 'He’s a prat,' like they do in the film,” he said.
Ricky Gervais has a new film coming out and the main focus of the film is his old character from The Office. As we all know, David Brent always thought of himself as a bit of a popstar and now he's willing to go to any lengths to make those dreams come true.
Having written a number of songs over his life time, Lady Gypsy is one that is obviously close to him as the subject matter is incredibly personal. David's set to release an album and tour the UK with his band 'Foregone Conclusion'.
David's band includes a rapper called Dom but Lady Gypsy is one of the songs from their material that does not feature him.
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David Brent's band Foregone Conclusion will be playing two gigs at Hammersmith Apollo on September 8th and 9th, and a new album and video have been revealed.
Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated new comedy movie David Brent: Life On the Road, Ricky Gervais has announced two live dates for the hapless regional manager’s band Foregone Conclusion, who will play back-to-back nights at the Hammersmith Apollo in September.
The dates, on September 8th and 9th, will tie in with the release of the film, which comes out in Britain on August 19th. Written, produced and directed by the British comedian himself, Life On the Road will document David Brent’s attempts to juggle his new career as a travelling salesman with his rock-star aspirations with his old band, Foregone Conclusion.
The movie will reignite the ‘mockumentary’ format that saw ‘The Office’ become a spectacular success over 15 years ago.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Announces David Brent Album, Music Video And Live Dates
Since becoming infamous after appearing on the popular reality/documentary show, The Office, David Brent has been just dreaming of the day he can give up conventional work and live life on the road with his band Forgone Conclusion.
After working his way up the ranks at the Paper Merchants Wernham Hogg, David was one of their office managers but now finds himself employed at Lavichem as a sales rep. In David's mind, he and his band will never be too old to make it and NOW is the time for them to hit the road and show the UK what they have to offer.
With underwhelming ticket sales, Forgone Conclusion find themselves on a 'toilet tour' of the UK, not only are they far from playing the packed venues that David envisions for a band of their quality, they're also broke meaning David must withdraw his pension funds to finance the band. Joining the band on tour is rapper Dom Johnson who is also far from convinced that Brent has the lyrical skill to break them both to the big time.
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The UK was introduced to David Brent when the BBC decided to make a real life documentary that looked at the employees of a paper company called Wernham Hogg. Brent was the branch manager and was either loved or loathed by his employees. Since then, every office can identify a character they'd call their own David Brent. It's been 15 years since then and David is just as upbeat as ever. Now a sales rep for a company called Lavichem, the wannabe musician is still keen to pursue his once hobby and tour the UK.
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Life On The Road will hit cinemas in the summer
Ricky Gervais has taken on many guises in his acting and comedy career but arguably his best alter-ego is one of his first: David Brent. Everyone’s favourite idiot boss propelled Gervais to international stardom and now he’s bringing the beloved character out once more for a feature film: Life On The Road.
Ricky Gervais filming Life On The Road as David Brent
Following Brent and his quest for rock stardom, the film release date has been announced and cult character fans will be able to see Brent on the big screen from August, 19.
Continue reading: David Brent's Film Gets A Release Date
Ricky Gervais has been named as the host of the Golden Globes Award Ceremony, scheduled to take place in January 2016.
Ricky Gervais is hosting the Golden Globes once again. The news was announced on Monday (26th October) by the Hollywood Press Association, the ceremony’s co-producer, and confirmed by Gervais on social media.
Ricky Gervais with his partner, Jane Fallon, at the 67th Emmy Awards Ceremony in September 2015.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Set To Host The Golden Globes For Fourth Time
Ricky Gervais has spoken out about the 80-year-old image in which Queen Elizabeth, then aged 7, was pictured doing a Nazi salute.
Ricky Gervais has defended Queen Elizabeth II after a British tabloid published photographs of the monarch doing a Nazi style salute in 1933, when she was seven years old. Gervais took to Twitter to criticise The Sun for not providing a context for the image, taken from a 17-second home video footage, and further emphasised the Queen’s young age when she was captured doing this now unacceptable gesture.
Ricky Gervais at the Netflix Screening of Derek at the Paley Center in New York.
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Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Defends Queen Elizabeth Over Nazi Salute Image
Date of birth
25th June, 1961
RT @KermodeMovie: Still thinking about @rickygervais's HUMANITY show three days later. Painfully funny, scarily taboo-breaking, solidly tho…
RT @rickygervais: If you didn't manage to get tickets for my #Humanity world tour, just watch #LifeOnTheRoad on @Netflix & wait till I do m…
RT @ClarePadfield1: Finally got to see 'Life on the Road' @rickygervais ...so well observed, so funny, so painful...
RT @And_C: Best film I've seen in ages #LifeOnTheRoad nice one @rickygervais. Loved the tunes 👏👏
@DuchaineComedy @SamHarrisOrg nothing does.
@DuchaineComedy @SamHarrisOrg He doesn't know anything though.
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@Dame_mit_muff I only poke fun at Satan. He's a loser. He only tortures bad people.
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@BeardyMcJ It sounds nothing like that if you understand it :)
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@ghost_in_a_shel @HermieLFC @SamHarrisOrg Name me an atheist who has disproven God and I will answer the question.
@AllanMailer @SamHarrisOrg @GSpellchecker hahaha. Will you take it from here Sam?
@nacht_story @SamHarrisOrg I think ALL Gods are nonsense. I attack trophy hunters. I don't eat meat. Apart from that though. Spot on.
@HermieLFC @SamHarrisOrg We don't disprove God. We reject the claim that any God exists. We simply require some evidence. Go for it :)
@GSpellchecker @SamHarrisOrg It's just that I know you are both keen racists.
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