Stephen Merchant was skeptical that his hit show 'The Office' would be successful in the US, revealing to HuffPost Live that
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.
Stephen Merchant - that on-screen loser in 'Extras', that scene-stealer with Jimmy Fallon, longtime creative partner to Ricky
Stephen Merchant Pilot Gets Series Order at HBO The 'Office' co-creator, who penned the script with Lee Eisenberg and Gene
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).