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Ricky Gervais returns to The Office but can’t find his way back in

It’s tough to pinpoint when Ricky Gervais went from brilliant comedic auteur to “him again?” status: The Office is rightfully hailed as a classic, Extras had some truly funny moments, and even Life’s Too Short scored on occasion (though that was more frequently due to co-star Rosamund Hanson, who would’ve been made a…

The difference between British and American comedy might be optimism

In the world of comedy, two countries stand tall above all others. Or at least that’s how writer-performer Ricky Gervais sees it. “The big two,” he says. “Britain and America. Sorry, rest of the world.” Oversimplification or not, it’s easy to see how Gervais came to that conclusion. These two nations have dominated…

Ricky Gervais’ media satire Special Correspondents is all snark, no bite

In Ricky Gervais’ Netflix-only Special Correspondents, a reporter and a sound engineer lose their passports and tickets on the way to an assignment in Ecuador, and resort to faking coverage—as well as an eventual abduction by a made-up guerilla group—from an attic across the street from their New York radio station.…

Jen Kirkman on what makes her laugh, from Caddyshack to “Adele Dazeem”

With her second book, I Know What I’m Doing—And Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches From A Life Under Construction, out this week, Jen Kirkman is pushing even further into the literary world. This time around, the comedian and I Seem Fun podcaster is both examining her own life, which she says is “permanently in…

Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais ham it up in the Special Correspondents trailer

Ricky Gervais’ feature-film adaptation of “Radio Bart” is finally coming to Netflix. Okay, it’s not technically an adaptation of The Simpsons episode where Bart fakes falling down a well, but it’s the same basic format. Eric Bana and Gervais (who also wrote this iteration of the original 2009 French film) star as…

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David Bowie utterly humiliated Ricky Gervais on Extras

Fans and critics will undoubtedly spend the upcoming days debating which of David Bowie’s many memorable songs should be considered his very greatest contributions to the canon of Western Music. While titles like “Life On Mars?,” “Changes,” and “The Man Who Sold The World” will be bandied about, some consideration…

Netflix sets Ricky Gervais’ war satire Special Correspondents for April

Edwin Starr might finally have an answer to his famous query, as what war appears to be good for these days is serving as grist for comedy. Tina Fey’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, in which she’ll be pretend-reporting from Afghanistan, is due out in March, and now Netflix has announced that Ricky Gervais’ remake of Special…