Ricky Gervais...is absolutely everywhere, it seems. After The Office (one of the funniest series in television history) and Extras (very funny as well), he now has the most popular podcast of all-time--The Ricky Gervais Show. The real star is Karl Pilkington, who is allegedly just playing himself and is falling-down funny, but if it turns out that Gervais wrote every single line of his dialogue, I wouldn't be surprised.
Oh, and he wrote a children's book called "Flanimals" that sold 750,000 copies.
If you're interested in the podcast, just go to www.audible.com and search for "Ricky Gervais." There's a free preview available, and the entire first season of podcasts is only $4.95. And it's damned funny. Thanks to DQ reader David Gloier for sending me information about the podcast.
Now here's an e-mail from Nathan Walton:
I was watching “Spicks and Specks” last night (an Australian music quiz show – very funny) and they had a film clip of some horrendous 80's song. I thought it was David Bowie however at the end, they informed us that it was, in fact, Ricky Gervais. The band was “Shauna across the Dance Floor” but I can’t remember the name of the song. Anyhow, if you come across it, it’s a cringingly good laugh, though not for quite the same reasons as The Office or The Extras – though it does provide a bit of insight into the inspiration for David Brent’s singing career.
One of the funniest moments in The Office is the scene where David Brent (Gervais) brings a guitar to the office and sings "Free Love on the Free Love Freeway" to his staff. It's one of the funniest things I've ever seen.