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Ricky Gervais Brings His Stand-Up Comedy to HBO

Ever since turning up for a funny bit with Steve Carell at the Emmys in September, British comedian Ricky Gervais has been back in the news, big-time. He's been rumored as a host for the Oscars (though he denies that he'd take the job) and even hinted that he might like to appear on NBC's version of The Office, the show he co-created.

This weekend, Gervais will be back on HBO — where his second TV series, Extras, finished its run last year — for the premiere of his stand-up special, Ricky Gervais: Out of England. The special was taped at a live show in New York and features Gervais riffing on a variety of topics, including Nazis, obesity, AIDS, and other things often seen as taboo.

In an interview with HBO about the special, Gervais said:

The best observational comedy is not about saying something that everybody's already thinking. It's saying something they weren't thinking until you said it. And now they think, "Ah. Right."

Can Gervais do that with this special? We'll find out Saturday at 9 p.m. EST, 10 p.m. PST. For now, to watch a preview clip, just

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lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
I watched it. There's an obvious distinction b/t British and American comedy, which has been well known. It's very apparent w/ RG. That being said, it was enlightening, and I laughed bunches.
Soapboxer Soapboxer 8 years
I LOVE this guy! One of the few comics who deserves the accolades and the best evidence that Brits do comedy best.
mannylove mannylove 8 years
I love him, I didn't even know this was going to be on this weekend, I'm very excited to watch it! Another reason to stay in on Saturday night!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's really funny - i like him when he does stand up and things like that - but i'm not always sold on him in movies etc. i'll have to check out the special though since there's always something good to be said about him.
Liz7757 Liz7757 8 years
I was there when they taped this! It was the second time I've seen him and amazing as always.
katie171 katie171 8 years
I love Ricky Gervais so much. I wish I had HBO to be able to see this. Or maybe Canada will have it on a different channel...
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