Derek: Teaser Clips

Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington in Derek

So if you didn’t already know, Derek is airing on Channel 4, Thursday April 12th. WATCH IT. Ricky has just posted more info on his blog, including a couple of teasers which you can watch below. Enjoy. And did I mention it’s on Channel 4 on April 12th? And it’s got Karl Pilkington. And it’s probably going to be amazing.

Derek: April 12th, Channel 4

Ricky and Karl in Derek

So this is just a quick update about Ricky’s new show Derek. I’ve had quite a few views on a previous post I typed way back when he first announced the show, so here’s something newer, shorter, and informationyer. He updated his blog a bit earlier to confirm that the pilot will be going out on Channel 4, April 12th. It sounds like it’s a one-off at the moment, so I guess if the ratings/reviews are good it’ll get a full series, so make sure you tune in and support it.

Derek appears to be going in a different direction from Gervais’ previous shows, looking like a comedy drama with much more emphasis on the drama. It’s a fake documentary following the title character, played by Ricky, who lives in a care home. Could be wrong, I don’t know the specifics and I’m too lazy to look it up. I’m very busy and important these days, and Glee is waiting to be watched on Sky Go. It also apparently features Sean Connery, or at least that’s what he was saying ages ago but there’s been no mention of him recently that I’ve seen, and Karl Pilkington takes on his first dramatic role as a dim northerner. Not a massive push but still interested to see how he gets on.

More info and ads etc when we see them…

Ricky Gervais on ‘Louie’

Here’s a clip from 2010 when Ricky Gervais made an appearance in Louie. Hilarious. Makes it all the funnier that you know they’re mates in real life. How can procrastination be bad when I stumble across comedy gems like this?

Ricky Gervais on Family Guy

Here’s a link to Unofficial Gervais, with a video showing Ricky’s appearance in the latest episode of Family Guy. It aired in the states recently but we may have to wait a little while for it over here in the UK. What do you think? Can’t say it’s the funniest thing he’s done, but certainly worth a watch, and who can blame him for wanting to be on Family Guy. But if I was him I think I would rather do a cameo, that could have been much funnier, in my opinion, which doesn’t mean a lot to anyone, but there you go. See you later.

Globes Countdown: Ricky Does Ellen & Conan

So here’s a couple of videos Ricky posted to his blog, and as normal I am sponging hits by putting them on here. Personally I think I make it a little easier for you as the interviews are embedded on this page, unlike Ricky who can’t be bothered to help out the fans and put a little link. It doesn’t even open in a different tab, it just takes you straight off his blog. Careless. I’m teaching him a lesson if anything. Anyway, enjoy…

Week Twelve

Tracking Down Ewen

Trafalgar Square and the National Portrait Gallery

Luckily I knew this trip to London would not be wasted because a couple of days ago I confirmed to meet up with Ewen MacIntosh (Keith), so I had a little wander round Trafalgar Square. I know technically I can’t go round a square but stop being pedantic and enjoy the blog.  When I google mapped the pub it came up with some information and some pretty big celebrities had been spotted there. I think because it’s kind of part of a theatre. I was really hoping an A-lister would be pottering about inside so I could ask them to take a picture of me and Ewen. That would have amused me, but they were all regular normal people. In the end I didn’t get a picture because we were in the middle of a busy pub and it just felt a bit awkward, but below is a photo of the signatures so you will just have to trust me.

This brings me to a total of three signatures in about two and a half months which keeps me on track. In total I have a year to get twelve, so you do the maths. Following this I thought, considering how much I have spent getting to London, it’d be silly to come to Trafalgar Square and not go into the National Portrait Gallery. Admission is free but they have little donation boxes all over the place. I wouldn’t mind putting some money in if they didn’t also advise a £5 donation. There’s no need for that, I’ll give what I can and you’ll be bloody grateful for it. I donated £1 for a map in the end. They had a great exhibition of comedian portraits, inlcuding one of Ricky Gervais. Very enjoyable. The rest of the day was pretty standard, besides getting almost blown over by the wind on my way back through Norwich. Great day for Tracking Down Ricky, and thanks for all your comments!

Mackenzie Crook (top left), Emma Manton (top right), and Ewen MacIntosh (bottom)