Ricky Gervais Week III: An Introduction


Ricky Gervais Week at the CityofFilms.com is a week of dedication to Ricky Gervais…obviously.  For the past couple of years, we take time around Gervais’ birthday to celebrate everything he has done to entertain us.  In our third year in doing so, I’d say we are pretty much caught up, just do a search for Ricky Gervais at the top of our site and you’ll be reading posts for days.

Ricky Gervais turns 51 today is you’re keeping count.  We will be reminding fans of Gervais why they’re fans in the first place, while making new fans out of non-believers.  Let’s take a quick look at what you might be reading about this week:

Ricky Gervais is perhaps the most influential British comedian ever; he’s certainly an influence in my life. His body of work covers just about everything an inspiring writer and or comedian could hope to achieve. From his days on XFM Radio to sell out stand up tours, Gervais is an icon.

The Office is the most critically acclaimed sitcom of all time becoming the first British comedy to win a Golden Globe. Ricky Gervais has won three Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmys, and seven BAFTAS.

His Fame tour became the fastest selling UK stand up show in history selling 100,000 tickets in 9 minutes.

He performed his first US tour, which was recorded as an HBO Special at Madison Square Garden, the show went on to earn three Emmy nominations. In between all of this he finds time to write children’s books and write, direct and or star in feature films.

In 2005 Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington began the Guinness Record breaking podcast The Ricky Gervais Show, the number one selling audio book in the world since 2006 now reaching 400 million downloads. The podcast became an animated series for HBO.  In 2006 he did a guest spot on an episode of The Simpsons which he also wrote.  In January 2010 he was the first host of the Golden Globes since 1995 and returned in 2011 and 2012 (there was some controversy with that).  In November 2011 Ricky Gervais filmed a 35-minute pilot episode called Derek that aired on April 12th 2012 to a lot of acclaim, he is currently writing it as a series.

This is just a modest gloss over of what Ricky Gervais has accomplished, this week we will be highlighting his career with a past, present and future retrospective. Welcome to Ricky Gervais Week.