The outtakes from a visit to Sesame Street during which Gervais and the world's cutest red monster strike up a sparky relationship. 'These are the no-go areas: drugs, child abuse, the holocaust,' says Ricky. 'Where did you lose this interview?' Elmo asks an off-camera producer.
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For his Channel 4 show Meet Ricky Gervais, the funnyman hit the streets of Bromley and put fake Family Fortunes survey questions to the people of Bromley. The questions are deviant ('What's the largest animal you could kick to death?') but the real laughs come from Gervais making the public comfortable anough to reveal some
At the 2008 Emmies
The sort of blustering, stretched-just-past-the-point-of-comfort moment that Gervais has built a career on. Presenting an award at the 2008 Emmies, Ricky turns on audience member Steve Carrell - star of the US Office - and demands the award Carrell accepted in his place the previous year.
'Little fat man...'
A brilliantly executed and sustained piece of humiliation. Gervais' sitcom nobody Andy Millman sidles up to David Bowie in a VIP bar, and opens up about his fears over selling out. Bowie looks him right in the eye, and with atom-splitting timing interrupts his confession to sing: ‘The little fat man, who sold his soul...’
Making sense of that Bowie cameo - and making Gervais himself squirm in genuine embarrassment - is this clip of his straight-faced early '80s pop career as one half of duo Seona Dancing. Smothered in synth and quiff and makeup, the pair look the part, but never managed a top-40 single. Their highest was 70.
The Free Love Highway
A mid-meeting jam horror featuring Gervais' still most notorious creation, David Brent, with Gareth and Tim. It's excruciating, naturally, but also heartbreaking, a peak into Brent's desperate to be loved, bursting with creativity soul.
Pilkington reviews The Invention Of Lying
Gervais' straight-talking, squirly-thinking podcast buddy Karl Pilkington reviews Ricky's imminent directorial debut, The Invention Of Lying. Gervais: "Why should people go and see the film?" Pilkington: "You might get there and the film you wanted to see they say, 'Sorry, it's full'"
The First Man With AIDS
From the stand up show Animals. Gervais explores the socially embarrassing - rather than fatal and harrowing - consequences of being the first human to contract AIDS. "Chopping up chimp meat and he cut his finger... yeah, that's the excuse I'd have given."
Harry Potter gets H-O-T
Perhaps the most mortifying and sharply drawn of all the Extras cameos. Gervais nails the public perception of Potter star Radcliffe - one part Hollywood brat, one part public schoolboy - and makes him into a grotesque, horny, but still obsequiously polite monster.
Hitler reads Neitzsche
Proving that his skills of humanisation stretch to the most evil man imaginable (because how could you not feel for Hitler when he's embarrassed like
) Gervais works up an imaginary meeting between Neitzsche and Adolf, mid-holocaust . "You haven't been... killing Jewish people?" "Pfffft"
Maybe the perfect Brent moment. There's the usual horror as momentum grows for an as-yet-unseen social disaster - a tingling sense of an inappropriate bomb about to drop - before the arrival of a co-worker presents him with the deadest of dead ends. A beautiful car crash.
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