In a world gone crazy, what do we need now more than ever? The mad comic genius of Ricky Gervais, who visits 92Y the night before his eagerly awaited Humanity world stand-up tour hits Madison Square Garden.

And he arrives on the heels of his hilarious new film, Netflix’s David Brent: Life on the Road, which finds his beloved, epically delusional Office character chasing rock ’n’ roll stardom with his band, Foregone Conclusion. Don’t miss the chance to catch this comedy giant in person as he talks with The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman about taking on everything from the state of the industry to the state of mankind — and, if we’re lucky, offers us a glimpse of David Brent’s unprecedented musical artistry.


Creator and star of The Office and Extras, Ricky Gervais has won three Golden Globes®, two Primetime Emmys® and seven BAFTAS. The Office is the most successful British comedy of all time, shown in more than 90 countries with seven remakes. The NBC version is the most successful US remake of a British show in more than 30 years.

Considered the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin, Gervais returned to the stand-up comedy stage for his Humanity World Tour earlier this year. His fifth international tour started in the UK in February, and will end in the US in November. A portion of the Humanity World Tour ticket proceeds will go to animal and cancer charities. The Telegraph stated that this tour is “his most cohesive, and most consistently funny show to date.”

Gervais brought back his iconic David Brent character for the mockumentary comedy film, David Brent: Life on the Road which was released by Netflix in US in February of 2017. The film, which was also written, directed and produced by Gervais, follows Brent as he continues to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star with his band, Foregone Conclusion.

Gervais starred in Special Correspondents an original comedy film, which debuted worldwide on Netflix in 2016. The film is written and directed by Gervais, and also starred Eric Bana, America Ferrera and Vera Farmiga.

He is also featured in The Guinness Book of World Records for having the most downloaded internet show of all time. He has written, directed, produced and starred in Cemetery Junction, The Invention of Lying and starred in Ghost Town. In 2010, Gervais was asked to be the first host of the Golden Globes® since 1995, for a broadcast seen by an estimated 250 million. He was named in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and awarded the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award from the Banff World Television Festival.

Gervais has since hosted the Golden Globes® in 2011, 2012 and was invited back for a fourth time in January 2016.

In 2012, HBO aired Life’s Too Short and the third season of The Ricky Gervais Show, and Ricky wrote, directed and starred in Derek for Channel 4 and Netflix.

2013 was just as busy, with an international release of An Idiot Abroad 3: The Short Way Round, taking the lead role in Muppets Most Wanted and production on series 2 of the award-winning Derek, both of which were released in 2014. On April 3, 2015 Gervais reprised his Golden Globe nominated role as Derek, in a one-hour finale special on Netflix.

Gervais' Fame stand-up tour in 2007 holds the record for the fastest selling tour in history, for selling 100,000 tickets in 9 minutes. He has performed stand-up in to over 2 million people worldwide.

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  • The Hollywood Reporter TV Talks and 92Y present Ricky Gervais in Conversation with THR’s chief television critic Tim Goodman

    Date: Sat, May 20, 2017, 7:30 pm

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

    Price: from $32.00

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