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Caryn James

Watch Ricky Gervais' Hilariously Awful Music Video, 'Equality Street'

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  • March 15, 2013 6:31 PM
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Shot in gloriously pretentious black and white, 'Equality Street' is the official music video from David Brent -- Ricky Gervais' crazily un-self-aware character from The Office -- and Dom Johnson, the rapper Brent manages. It's cringe-worthy good, as the rapper and the white guy in a bad suit dance down a multiethnic street and Brent sings: "Let me take you down Equality Street / You ever know the people you'll meet."

Ricky Gervais Returns as David Brent in 'The Office Revisited' (Video)

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  • March 15, 2013 6:01 PM
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It has been a decade since Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's original version of The Office ended its brief but brilliant run. Now Gervais has brought David Brent back in The Office Revisited, a 10 minute video done for Red Nose Day, an All-Star BBC program that is part of the UK's Comic Relief fundraiser.

Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Funny, Edgy Golden Globes Opener

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  • January 13, 2013 11:54 PM
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It’s too bad they disappeared for most of the show, because hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were by far the best part of watching The Golden Globes. Some of their lines were as jaw-dropping as anything Ricky Gervais said, but were delivered with such warmth that they didn’t seem to sting. “I haven’t really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty,” Poehler said, “but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.” The “special material” writers included SNL’s Seth Meyers and 30 Rock’s Robert Carlock, which explains a lot.  

Gervais Skewers Fame in Life's Too Short, With Tall Guest Liam Neeson

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  • February 19, 2012 8:30 AM
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No one is smarter or funnier at tweaking celebrity than Ricky Gervais, and if you loved the inexhaustible wit of Extras as I did, you will probably also love his new HBO series Life’s Too Short, even though it doesn’t revolve around Gervais himself. Created by Davis, Gervais and his often underappreciated creative partner Stephen Merchant, the hero – or self-defeating anti-hero – is Warwick Davis, a dwarf and an actor who plays a skewed version of himself much the way Larry David does on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Davis is fine, but let’s be honest: the heart of the show is Gervais and Merchant, who in every episode meet some wildy funny star who makes a cameo appearance. This week’s guest scene is - and I am not exaggerating – one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, and the unlikely comic is Liam Neeson.

Watch The Best And Worst From The Golden Globes: Gervais, Depp, Firth

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  • January 16, 2012 10:44 AM
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If you missed the Golden Globes and Ricky Gervais’ disappointing, toothless job as host, take a look at the best and worst clips, from his uninspired monologue to his sharp-edged, tongue-in-cheek introduction of Colin Firth, a segment that seemed like a rare throwback to last year’s edginess.

Ricky Gervais In Flames (Not The Kind He Promised): Golden Globes Television Review

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  • January 15, 2012 11:26 PM
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And just like that, the Golden Globes went back to being one more bloated, boring awards show. You could tell from the start when Ricky Gervais came out and began with a Kim Kardashian joke – really? so obvious? – and not even a funny one, counting off the ways she’s different from Kate Middleton. She’s louder, trashier, drunker ... sigh. He took swipes at NBC’s fourth place status among networks, which is so tired and so true it doesn’t qualify as edgy even though he was on NBC. And he did all this wearing a maroon tieless tux from somebody’s long-ago prom. OK, maybe that was ironic. Ugly but ironic.

Watch Jason Sudeikis As Ricky Gervais At The Golden Globes

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  • January 15, 2012 12:07 PM
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No,That’s not Ricky Gervais above, it’s Jason Sudeikis on SNL as the guy who will host The Golden Globes . . . as well as every other awards show, including local flower shows, dog shows and the BET awards, some much more successfully than others.

From The Apocalypse to Twitter: Top Four Things To Watch For At The Golden Globes

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  • January 14, 2012 11:08 PM
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We could stretch it to more than four, but let’s stay focused. All ears, of course, will be on Ricky Gervais, as we wonder what he can possibly do to top his hilarious, irreverent turn as host last year. The first five minutes should tell.

Ricky Gervais Turns His Chest Into a Porn Site on Conan

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  • January 13, 2012 12:06 AM
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Ricky Gervais has been making the media rounds pumping up his Golden Globes appearance on Sunday, and has played it fairly safe while insisting he’s going to take risks as host. But when he appeared with Conan O’Brien, he went for the really risky stuff, turning his chest into – believe it or not – a porn site. You can catch it in this barely suitable for work segment.

Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes Media Blitz

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  • January 12, 2012 6:27 PM
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When Ricky Gervais comes back to host the Golden Globes on Sunday, there’s one thing he’ll be missing: the element of surprise. His acerbic digs were explosive last year because they created such unease in the room, a reaction very different from the easy laughter of all of us at home. Really, those stars were not prepared to laugh at themselves. But now they’re all in on the joke, ready – maybe they’ll even be honored – to be the target of a Gervais insult.

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