MovieJuice Meets Ricky Gervais

By Mark Ramsey | 2006/01/17

Ricky Gervais is a King of Comedy. After a hugely successful radio career in the UK, Ricky co-created and starred in the original British version of The Office, and went on to do it all over again in HBO’s Extras.

He’s the winner of two Golden Globes and now -between seasons on Extras – he’s doing one of the funniest and most popular podcasts in the world – four million downloads and counting.


I talked with Ricky to get some clues about how he creates such funny content, why he is podcasting, and what folks can learn from his creative process.

This interview is for any talent who aspires to comedy greatness. It’s for any company that would kill ideas because they pre-test poorly before an audience really gets used to them. It’s for anyone trying to break into showbiz with something original only to have doors slam shut in their face. It’s for anyone who has ever tried to create anything against seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Download the interview in mp3 format here, or play it right on the web here.

A Final Word…Ricky’s people have asked me to tell you that he is not, strictly speaking, available for interviews.

It must have been my magnetic personality.

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