Interview: Stephen Merchant on What Makes Great Comedy Timeless

Adam Forrest | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Adam Forrest

At this point in his career, Stephen Merchant knows a thing or two about successful comedy. The writer, director and actor, best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais on The Office and Extras, has won awards and plaudits on both sides of the Atlantic.

Ricky Gervais and 'Derek': A Defence

Ed Cripps | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

Derek is genuinely life-affirming. How many sitcoms capture the quiet, gradual, dignified, terrifying, wistful, relief-flecked prospect of death? Of recent comedies, only Jo Brand's masterful Getting On comes close.

Ricky Gervais Has Hardly Ever Watched The US Office

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

Ricky Gervais has admitted that, despite his massive royalty cheques for the US version of The Office, he has very seldom watched the show himself. ...

Caroline Frost

'Extras's Star Ashley Jensen Reveals: 'LA's Not A City To Be Old In'

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

“I’m not desperate enough to hang about and have botox to get a part. I like the lines around my eyes, it means I’m still here.” We might h...

Is Gervais Holding a Mirror Up to Society or Is He Just a Bully?

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Iddo Goldfarb

Don't get me wrong, I happen to think that Gervais is a genuinely talented actor (almost in spite of himself) but he must know that his muppet face, ridiculous enough in the first place, has been compromised by a decade of retarded gurning.

Life's Too Short Special Reunites Willow Stars Warwick And Val

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

How DID Ricky Gervais persuade Val Kilmer to do this? That'll be the question left unanswered for viewers of the Easter special of 'Life's Too Sho...

RIP Television

Tom Pyman | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Pyman

Where has all this golden television gone? Where are the breaths of fresh air that made staying in worthwhile? The aforementioned statues of the small screen are not nearly as good as they once were; so much so I seldom bother tuning in.

EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: Behind The Scenes Of Ricky Gervais' 'Derek'

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

Ricky Gervais first piloted his new comedy (or is it?) 'Derek' last year in a one-off show for Channel 4. Tonight (Wednesday 30 January) sees the ...

Ricky Gervais To Boost Careers Of Chegwin And Co

Evening Standard | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Comedy

Ricky Gervais hopes to revive the careers of Keith Chegwin, Les Dennis and Shaun Williamson by creating a brand new series for the struggling actors. ...

How Will Stephen Merchant Fare Without Ricky Gervais?

Pete Strauss | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Pete Strauss

Merchant's first sitcom venture sans Gervais will be intriguing for a number of reasons; the most prevalent of which is that it will allow us to explore the notion that's long been mooted that Merchant is perhaps the more talented of the Gervais/Merchant pairing, with many citing Ricky's solo efforts as evidence to support this (Derek often being used as a stick to beat him with).

Gervais Reveals The Award That Means The Most...

WENN | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Entertainment

Funnyman Ricky Gervais was delighted when his pilot for Derek won a Hollywood award earlier this month, calling the honour more thrilling than his pre...

We Need to Talk About Derek

Andrea Mann | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Andrea Mann

As both a comedy writer and the sister of someone with learning disabilities, to say that I was interested in watching Ricky Gervais's Derek is something of an understatement. That's right: I was mildly intrigued.

Caroline Frost

Derek Review: 'Like Boris Johnson Eating A Pot Noodle'

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Entertainment

There were some things about Derek - Ricky Gervais’s character piece set in an old people’s home - that were uncannily familiar to the comedic tri...

Caroline Frost

Tonight's TV Pick: Will Derek Prove The Gervais Doubters Wrong?

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Entertainment

Ricky Gervais has been on a rollercoaster of affection with his viewing public, since "doing the dance" into their consciousness as beleaguered everym...

'I'd Like To Play A Serial Killer'

PA | Posted 29.03.2012 | UK Entertainment

Ricky Gervais has confessed he'd love to play a serial killer. The funnyman - known for his roles in TV sitcoms The Office and Extras and comedy mo...

A Little Chat With Warwick?

WENN | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Entertainment

Warwick Davis has revealed he is in talks to host his own chat show. The Life's Too Short star told The Daily Telegraph that he is in negotiations ...

Ronnie Remembers Loved Ones As He Collects CBE

PA | Posted 16.02.2012 | UK Entertainment

Comedian Ronnie Corbett spoke of his delight at receiving the CBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace today. The veteran comic admired his medal - ...

Ricky Revisits Golden Globes 'Offence'

WENN | Posted 06.03.2012 | UK Entertainment

Ricky Gervais has addressed the jokes that landed him in trouble after last year's Golden Globes as part of a column he has written for the new issue ...

Ricky Tries Again

WENN | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Entertainment

Ricky Gervais has filmed a new comedy pilot for Channel 4 - in which he plays a nursing home care worker. The funnyman plays the title role in Dere...

Caroline Frost

Stephen Merchant: 'Being Tall Defines You'

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 13.12.2011 | UK Entertainment

Stephen Merchant bounds onto stage with a spring in his ample step, energetically greets his rapturous audience and launches into his routine. Straigh...

Ashley Jensen's Save the Children Diary - Delhi, India, September 2011

Ashley Jensen | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK
Ashley Jensen

There is absolutely nothing that can prepare you for entering the Sanjay colony slum in Delhi. I had never been to India before, let alone one of the largest, most renowned slums in the north east of Delhi.