Known for co-directing and co-writing the hit television show, ‘The Office’, Ricky Gervais is one of the most iconic comedians of the modern era. Known for his unique take on comedy, with a hint of embarrassment and a lot of sarcasm and ironic humor, Ricky Gervais can get people rolling with laughter in no time. He is also credited with the creation of the sitcom, Extras for HBO and BBC and his podcast, The Ricky Gervais Show is one of the most popular on the internet.
Starting out in 1982 and eventually gathering a huge fan following, Ricky Gervais continues to entertain audiences to this day. If you want to check out all that he is about, you need to get your hands on these Ricky Gervais tickets at the earliest!
Early Life and Music Career
Ricky Gervais was born in Reading, Berkshire, England, in 1961. He enrolled in a philosophy program at the University College London and formed a new wave pop duo with his college friend Bill Macrae in his final year. The group called Seona Dancing was signed by London Records and released two mildly successful singles. Despite the minimal success in the music industry, Gervais persevered and even spent some time as the manager of the band, Suede.
Move into Comedy
After failing to make a notable impact in the music industry, Gervais tried to move into other entertainment fields. In the 1990s, he formed a partnership with Stephen Merchant for writing and in 2000, he managed to land his own comedy show on Channel 4, Meet Ricky Gervais. The show had many legendary guests, such as Michael Winner, Paul Daniels, Midge Ure, Jim Bowen, Stephanie Powers, Peter Purves and Jimmy Savile. Even though the series only lasted six episodes, it paved the way for Gervais’ future success in the field of comedy.
Breakthrough with ‘The Office’
Ricky Gervais finally got his big breakthrough in the field of comedy with The Office in 2001. Although the show did not get much attention initially, it is now considered to be one of the greatest comedy series of all time, credited with reinventing the sitcom turf. Gervais was also a part of the cast of this show, as the embarrassing and obnoxious office manager David Brent, who has since been voted as one of the greatest characters. The series also has a wildly popular American remake by the same name, starring Steve Carell and John Kransinski.
More Success with ‘Extras’
Gervais managed to further impress audiences with his comedy skills in the sitcom, Extras. The show first aired on BBC on 21st July 2005 and ran for a total of 12 episodes. This series had a series of celebrity guests such as Samuel L. Jackson, David Bowie and Ben Stiller and many featured guests such as Orlando Bloom, Kate Winslet, Daniel Radcliffe and Sir Ian McKellen. The show was a comic take on the entertainment industry, with the leading stars playing exaggerated versions of themselves quite often.
Other Famous Works of Ricky Gervais
Following the phenomenal success of Ricky Gervais in the comedy field, the star began working on other comedy projects as well. One of these was The Ricky Gervais Show, which was an animated TV show on HBO, using original podcast recordings starring Gervais alongside Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington.
Life’s Too Short was another show that aired on BBC Two on 10th November 2011. The show is said to be about “the life of a showbiz dwarf”.
An Idiot Abroad is a travel documentary produced by Merchant and Gervais. It features a reluctant Pilkington travelling around the world with his reactions to new places and people recorded for entertainment value.
Perhaps one of the biggest audience favorites by this comedian is his stand-up comedy. He began his stand-up comedy career in the late 1990s, playing in multiple local cafes. He later toured the UK in 2003 as part of the stand-up show, Animals. Soon after that, he went on the Politics tour. The third such tour, Fame took place in 2007. Tickets for this sold out within 45 minutes of going on sale, according to Blackpool.
In 2013, he announced a new show called Humanity, which is expected to continue on into 2018.
Awards and Honors for Ricky Gervais
Over the course of his long and illustrious career, Gervais has won many awards and honors. He has hosted the Golden Globe Awards multiple times. Gervais is also the winner of seven BAFTA Awards and two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five British Comedy Awards and the 2006 Rose d’Or. Ricky Gervais was also nominated for the prestigious Screen Actors Guild Award for his Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series in Extras, in 2008. He has won both the Writers Guild of America Award and the Producers Guild of America Award for his contributions to the hit series, The Office.
In 2011, Ricky Gervais bagged the Critics’ Choice Television Award for the Best Comedy Series for The Office. He has also been nominated for the People’s Choice Award for the Favorite Series We Miss the Most for The Office.
Ricky Gervais Tour Tickets
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