Stephen Merchant

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

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...

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 ...

Stephen Merchant On Conan: 'Sex Is Hard For Tall People'

TeamCoco | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK Comedy

Stephen acts out what it would be like for him and Conan to make out....

Sam Parker

REVIEW: Gervais's Dwarf Sitcom Not Short Enough

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Parker | Posted 21.12.2011 | UK Entertainment

And so we arrived at the final scene of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's sitcom about a dwarf. Its lead character Warwick Davis was tucked up ...

Too Short and Not Very Funny - THAT's life.

Ian Watson | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK Comedy
Ian Watson

I really don't want to do this. It feels like telling your kids you just don't love them any more, or stabbing a Labrador in the nose with a cocktail ...

Caroline Frost

Life's Too Short - Is This Johnny's Sweet Revenge?

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Entertainment

Life's Too Short, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's latest sitcom built around the trials and tribulations of actor dwarf Warwick Davis, sees a biz...

Caroline Frost

Review: Life's Too Short - Have Gervais and Merchant Pulled It Off Again?

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Entertainment

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have an impeccable scorecard. From their triumph a decade ago with The Office, the success of Extras proving they w...

Stephen Merchant - On His Own And Looking For A Lady (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Entertainment

Stephen Merchant is a busy man. When he's not editing his new mockumentary Life's Too Short, co-written with his usual partner in crime Ricky Gervais ...