Stephen Merchant

Channel 4's Plans For A New Series Of 'Crystal Maze' Have Hit A Roadblock

The Huffington Post | Rachel McGrath | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Entertainment

Fans of ‘The Crystal Maze’ will have to wait a little longer for a new series of the show to be confirmed, as Channel 4 is currently stuck hunting...

A Note to Comedians Worried That 'PC Culture' Means They 'Can't Say Anything Anymore'

Daniel Welsh | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Welsh

If your comedy is so weak that you need to rely on slurs, derisions and out-dated tropes to get a laugh out of the lowest common denominator, then I don't know what to tell you, other than you clearly need to buck your ideas up.

Anne Hathaway Wipes The Floor With 'Wrecking Ball' Lip Sync

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Entertainment

Anne Hathaway may have got her Oscar for dipping into a well of sadness for her role in 'Les Miserables', but this week she proved her comedic chops a...

Britons Invade HuffPost Live During A Lively 2014

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK

HuffPost Live, the award-winning online streaming network, has hosted a raft of impressive guests in 2014, including (not to get too nativist) many to...

Merchant Was 'Doubtful' The Office Would Work In The US

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Entertainment

Stephen Merchant was skeptical that his hit show 'The Office' would be successful in the US, revealing to HuffPost Live that he was “doubtful becaus...

WATCH: Stephen Merchant Made A Very Funny Advert About Americans

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Comedy

“With our accents and your American self-confidence, you’d be unstoppable!” Yes, sit back, relax and pour yourself a Newcastle Brown Ale (wow...

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.

How True To Life Is Stephen Merchant's Sitcom Search For Love?

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Entertainment

Stephen Merchant - that on-screen loser in 'Extras', that scene-stealer with Jimmy Fallon, longtime creative partner to Ricky Gervais - sees his TV si...

WATCH: Stephen Merchant Does Us Proud

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Comedy

Yes, in a lip sync-off on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' - competing against Fallon and fellow guest Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Britain's own Stephen Merc...

'The Office': The Greatest TV Show Ever Made

Tim Bradley | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tim Bradley

As titles for pieces go, I'm aware this one fits all too snugly into the hyperbole driven world of internet opinion, but in order to make a point about how strongly I feel about Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's The Office (incredibly now 12 years old) I'll play along and set my stall out; I genuinely believe it to be the finest example of television ever broadcast.

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...

Caroline Frost

How Rafe Spall's 'Anxiety Dream' About Full Frontal Nudity Became Real | Caroline Frost | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

Rafe Spall admits his first outing as a film leading man was not entirely smooth sailing – it involved his wife, mother and mother-in-law all watchi...

EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: Is 'I Give It A Year' - The Subversion Of Rom-Com?

The Huffington Post UK | HuffPost Staff | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

'I Give It A Year' is the new comedy from Working Title Films and the writer of 'Borat', serving itself up as the antidote to rom-coms we've come to k...

Stephen Merchant Apologises For 'Autism' Comment

WENN | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

Stephen Merchant has apologised for poking fun at sufferers of autism in a TV interview on Friday. Ricky Gervais' comedy partner sparked complaints...

10 Ridiculous Inventions To Appear On Film

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Entertainment

There are an array of films that feature ridiculous inventions, and 'Movie 43' brings its own to the table. In the film we are presented with the iBab...

Stephen Merchant Gets Own US Sitcom

The Hollywood Reporter | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK Comedy

Stephen Merchant Pilot Gets Series Order at HBO The 'Office' co-creator, who penned the script with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, will star in...

Go Compare: The Arctic Monkeys Vs Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant

Raj Bains | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Raj Bains

The parallels between the four Arctic Monkeys records to date and the four Gervais/Merchant television projects are undeniable.

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).

Stephen Merchant Quits As Voice Of Barclays

The Evening Standard | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK Comedy

Comedian Stephen Merchant has quit as the voice of Barclays ads because of "increasing commitments in the US". The star, 37, is believed to have en...

WATCH: Hilarious Spoof Barclays Advert

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Comedy

A huge tip of the hat today to comedian Michael Spicer for his really rather magnificent fake Barclays ad. Lampooning not just the banking giant bu...

Ricky, Karl And Warwick Off On Another Adventure

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Entertainment

Ricky Gervais is a busy man, so can be forgiven for cutting some comedic corners where they present themselves. Or maybe he likes just seeing his ...

Caroline Frost

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

How To Win Friends And Influence People When Talking About British TV Comedy: A Guide For Americans

Andrea Mann | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

American cousins! And other Americans to whom I am not related! Ever found yourself at a tea party - the British, not crazed lunatic Republican, kind - and suddenly been at a loss for words when the topic of conversation moves, inevitably, to British television comedy? Fear not. For here is a handy guide to What To Say in such a situation - or indeed, when conversing with Brits in the Huffington Post Comedy Club comments. The following 20 pointers are intended to make you blend in with British people...

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 ...