“It’s OK folks, I won’t be doing this again,” assured British comedian Ricky Gervais, while hosting the 2010 Golden Globe Awards. But he did… another three times. His acerbic remarks stunned Hollywood stars more accustomed to flattery and pandering. “It’s going to be a night of partying and drinking – or as Charlie Sheen calls it: breakfast,” is a tame example of his ‘Globalizations’.
Ricky actually started out as a pop star in the 1980.s before turning to comedy, creating the delusional and idiosyncratic David Brent in THE OFFICE in 2001 and Andy Millman in EXTRAS four years later-both mockumentary sitcoms written and directed with Stephen Merchant. Over that time he has picked up a few gongs himself, including seven BAFTAS, five British Comedy Awards, two Emmys and three Golden Globes. Channel 4 placed him third on the list of greatest stand-up comics and 2010 TIME magazine included him in their top 100 most influential people.
This year Ricky reprised his David Brent role and his early pop star yearnings in the feature film DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD and this month is on the road with his band, Foregone Conclusion as part of a UK Tour. I did this sketch and planned to get it signed at the film’s premiere in Leicester Square, but Ricky aka David was performing on a pop-up stage, which made access to him a tad difficult. And given that one of his TV characters, the genetically-inferior Derek was created as a result of ‘his suffering from autograph-hunter’ I thought it best to drop it in to his agent in London, and it arrived back yesterday graphed and dedicated.