ricky gervais

Opinion: Derek – Ricky's Folly?

What must it be like to be the brain of Ricky Gervais?

Review: Brett Goldstein, Pleasance

Brett Goldstein was unlucky to miss out on a Foster's Award nomination with his latest show, Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature, in Edinburgh last summer, but he seems to be doing OK without gongs.

Opinion: In Praise of The Office

I remember exactly where I was when I first saw The Office. In the office. Twelve years ago this spring, an advance VHS – remember those? – arrived. I'd like to boast that I immediately spotted a classic. What I actually spotted was a quite funny workplace-based sitcom starring the politically incorrect bloke from Channel 4's The 11 O'Clock Show.


Opinion: Jack Whitehall And The Big Tour Warm-Up Problem

There has been a bit of a kerfuffle over the announcement that Jack Whitehall is to play a big work-in-progress gig at the Hammersmith Apollo in February in the the run-up to his UK tour. I can't see what all the fuss is about. Tickets will only be £20 whereas when he comes to Wembley Arena in March tickets, including booking fee, will be £32.25.

Review: 9 Carols & Lessons For Godless People, Bloomsbury Theatre

Robin Ince's 9 Carols and Lessons for Godless People gigs are a bit like the universe - constantly expanding. About 25 minutes in our garrulous, cardigan-clad host said that he had to get a move on because there were 23 acts on the bill. Or maybe 23 acts coming up. I'm not sure, I'd already filled up my notebook by then and lost count. It is a bit of a challenge reviewing this annual event in 300 words for the Evening Standard.

Review: David Brent & Foregone Conclusion, Bloomsbury Theatre

Update 7/3/14. David Brent has announced new UK dates for his band Foregone Conclusion. They will play Oxford New Theatre on May 14 and Hammersmith Apollo on May 16 & 17.

Preview: The Week Ahead Oct 20 - 26

I was lucky enough to bag a ticket for Ricky Gervais's sold out live debut as David Brent with his band Foregone Conclusion last week at The Bloomsbury Theatre. He is back for another work-in-progress this Wednesday and if you can get hold of a ticket for face value I would snap it up. It was a short show at less than an hour but great, with some very funny gags in it – particularly in the new song Lady Gypsy.

New Interview: Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant's new sitcom, Hello Ladies, in which he plays lonely Brit Stuart Pritchard looking for love in LA, is on Sky Atlantic on Wednesdays at 10pm from October 16. You can read more about it here. I interviewed Merchant recently for the Independent on Sunday. He was in LA having just had brunch, I was in South London with Crocodile Dundee on ITV in the background.

Preview: The Week Ahead Oct 14 - 20

After last week's frenetic activity on the London circuit this week there are only three gigs to catch and if you haven't got a ticket for the first one yet you might as well enjoy your night in.

TV Review: Hello Ladies, Sky Atlantic

Some guys have all the luck. Two years ago I was watching Stephen Merchant do short stand-up spots in grubby London clubs bemoaning his lack of success with women. A little later he went on tour with his first full live show, Hello Ladies. He got rave reviews and ended up doing the show in America where some HBO bods saw it and asked him to turn it into a sitcom. The TV version based on the comedic stage persona starts in the UK this week.


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