The brilliance of The Office ranks right up there with the genius of Fawlty Towers in the fact there were only 12 episodes (plus, two 45-minutes specials) ever produced. Since quitting the Wernham Hogg Paper Company and leaving the world of David Brent and his life in Slough, Berkshire behind, Ricky Gervais has been a busy, busy man.
In addition to co-creating, writing and directing The Office with his good friend and co-conspirator, Stephen Merchant, Gervais has the distinction of being the only British actor to both write and star in The Simpsons, has tackled the big screen where he wrote, directed and starred in Cemetery Junction and The Invention of Lying, been “animated” in The Ricky Gervais Show, won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy series with Extras and, oh yeah, found some time to return as host of the Golden Globes in 2011.
Somewhere along the way, Gervais has carved out time for a stand-up gig at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago to share some of his offbeat observations, which are often politically incorrect to say the least. His second stand-up special, aptly titled, Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 – The Stand Up Special can be seen in the U.S. tonight (Saturday) on HBO, at 10p ET/9p CT. It’s not for everyone, but I’m guessing fans of Gervais and his keen observational wit will enjoy seeing him out of his element that we all know him for so well. Can’t wait.
And, yes, there were only 12 episodes (and two specials) of The Office. Just trust me on this one.