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Monday 20 February 2017

Ricky Gervais Gets Angry & Personal In New Brighton-Bound Stand-Up Show

Ricky Gervais has had a busy couple of years with a mockumentary comedy feature filmDavid Brent: Life On The Road - 2016 also marked the debut album release of David Brent & Foregone Conclusion.

Special Correspondents, which Gervais wrote, directed and starred in alongside Eric Bana, was launched on Netflix worldwide, and he also hosted the Golden Globes for a fourth time.

This year Gervais returns to his first love of stand-up comedy, with the British comic bringing his new show Humanity to Brighton. 

Gervais said: "Thousands of people paying hard earned cash to come and see you live is such a privilege. You'd better have something different, interesting and funny to say. 

"Humanity is my angriest, most honest and I think my best tour yet. It's probably my most personal too. I feel I may as well tell you everything before I die. Hope you enjoy it. Or not. There are no refunds. Just like life, I guess." 


But back to last year when David Brent - the character created and made world famous by Gervais as part of the award winning BBC2 comedy The Office - released his debut album Life On The Road, under the name David Brent & Foregone Conclusion,

But Gervias' recent reboot of the character was not a return to The Office: 

"That would be mental. I'd never do that with the same actors. The guy from Sherlock and… you know what I mean? 

"I know I've been in other things, but the narrative that it"s the same people, in the same office, at the same desk, after fifteen years in Slough? Ridiculous."

Brent was the type of boss who wanted to be a friend and mentor to those who worked for him. 

He imagined his workers found him very funny and enjoyed his company, while still respecting him and looking up to him as a boss, even a fatherly figure. 


Brent wanted to be regarded by his staff as "A friend first, and a boss second, probably an entertainer third", displayed a chronic lack of awareness and regard for others' feelings.

He had a consistent need to be acknowledged as a renaissance man and to be recognised as exceptionally skilled at his many desired accomplishments. 

These included writing poetry and lyrics, composing and playing music, being a rockstar, managing his adoring team, dancing, and even dating and marriage.

And that's how David Brent & Foregone Conclusion were born:

"I missed him and the world has changed. He's the underdog in a dead-end job and still dreaming of fame."
 
So he cashes in his pension for a last-chance tour as a singer with his pop band:

"Brent can't compete in the dog-eat-dog world, but doesn't realise it because he sees people on The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent make it for a while after three judges vote for them. I don"t want to be part of that."

The award-winning stand-up comedian also has four international tours under his belt. His 2007 stand-up show Fame was the fastest selling UK stand-up show in history, with 100,000 tickets for the London dates selling out in just nine minutes!

Tickets for Ricky Gervais' 'Humanity' show at The Brighton Centre, on Tuesday 9th May 2017, are available to purchase (from 24th February, viawww.livenation.co.uk- or via brightoncentre.co.uk

by: Mike Cobley




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