Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Daniel Day-Lewis would play me as a baby. He can do anything. Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt are fighting out for me now. And Meryl Streep will play me after the sex change. I haven’t told you about that have I?
How did you like being in GTA IV?
It was great. I just did some stand-up in a tight green outfit with little white dots all over me.
Is Derek based on a life experience?
The situation certainly is. Half my family growing up were carers of some sort, mostly retirement homes (stroke, Alzheimers), and Derek is like my fictional superhero of an everyday gentle outsider. I suppose they’re all little fables about kindness. And possibly, a love letter to my lovely, poor and humble family growing up.
What was the first thing you splurged on when you first hit it big with The Office? And what was the first big thing you splurged on when you realized that what you initially thought was “hitting it big” was nothing compared to when you actually hit it big?
What a disgusting question! How dare you ask what I’ve splurged on!
Oh sorry… I see what you mean.
I donated my money to an orphanage. (Only joking – I bought a mansion in the country. I must go there someday.)
Ricky, my manager looks like Derek and acts like Brent. I just wanted to say I fully blame you for the fact I could never ever take him seriously again after I realised this.
You should never take your manager seriously anyway. Not yours, I mean managers in general.
I feel sorry for him now.
Who are your top 5 stand up comedians of all time?
Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dave Allen, and a couple of new boys heading towards that list like Louie CK and Doug Stanhope.
What is the worst thing you’ve experienced in your entire life?
Also, thank you for your comedy.
I saw Louie CK naked.
Michael Scott and David Brent are sent back in time as Roman gladiators. Which one survives longest and why?
Brent lasts longest. Because he begs for his life, and then stabs Michael when he lets him up.
Settle a Reading pub argument for us, Ricky. I live in Milman Road, Reading. Since you’re from the area, my argument is that Andy Millman from Extras is named after this road. Am I right? Please say yes. It’ll put the value of my house up by £10k.
That is where I first heard the word, yes. I used to catch the bus there to my dentist when I was little.
Are you ticklish? If so where?
Yes, terribly. High ribcage, near the underarm. I go mental, like a dog chasing its tail.
Would you again piss in a sink out of pure laziness?
Not my sinks. They’re really expensive.
What’s your favorite snack?
Cheese on toast has got to be right up there.
would you rather be a cute kitten, or a manly dog?
I actually started thinking about this one seriously.
Thanks for doing this Mr. Gervais,I am a huge fan.
What was it like working on that episode you were in of Louie? It seems like a really relaxed atmosphere and a fun show to work with. Also, is Louis CK’s penis really that horrible?
It was amazing fun. I discovered Louie online and cast him in The Invention of Lying. We became great friends and he returned the favour by letting me work on his first series of Louie. He said I could ad lib , so what was I meant to do but insult the big, fat, sweaty, bald, ginger slob?
[I love him]
Hello, Mr. Gervais. What do you view as your biggest accomplishment?
I fought a bear once. But it started crying, so I let it off.
I love you! Your laugh is more contagious than the chicken pox. What was the most amount of takes that you had to do because you couldn’t stop laughing?
Seventy-four. Me and Martin Freeman doing the scene in The Office where Brent had to say “And who knows? In a few year’s time, you could be in the hot seat.”
I did it slightly different every time because I knew he would lose it. He was getting angrier and angrier with himself.
Do you still have the wheelbarrow your father traded for the go-cart?
Haha. Sadly, no.
What was the inspiration behind the very first “bath pic”?
I like my baths really deep and hot. But washing everything only takes a few minutes. So I thought it would be a waste to just flush all that water away. So there was nothing else to do but take pictures of myself trying to look as horrendous as possible. Oh my, what have I started?
Which side of the road is more fun to drive on?
That’s a tough one. Can I come back to that on my next reddit AMA?
Is it a dream of yours to one day go on tour (of any scale) to sing/play guitar?
Yes but I’m getting it out of my system by doing it as David Brent.
Hello Mr. Gervais.
How did you transition from Brit phenom to American fixture? Was there a magic gnome who “discovered” you?
I guess winning the Golden Globes for The Office in 2004 against all odds started it all. When I went up to collect the first award, Clint Eastwood was overheard to say “Who the fuck is that?”
(*Haha, I so hope that’s true).
Which is your favourite soft drink and what is the first thing you would you do if you were the King of England?
Diet Sprite. I’d probably invade a country. A smaller, weaker country. One that can’t defend itself and is helpless. With lots of gold.
Why don’t you use standard tuning in your “Learn Guitar With David Brent” segments?
I’m a maverick, baby.
I would just like to tell you that your bath pics are, in my eyes, the most divine form of art to grace mankind.
In that case, here’s one just for you.
What is your favorite curse word?
If you could work with any actor/actress, who would you like to work with?
Jack Nicholson and Ryan Gosling spring to mind.
Hey Ricky, I lost my virginity while watching Ghost Town. So I guess just thanks for that. I guess you really put her in the mood?
You probably haven’t lost it. Check down the back of the sofa. Or behind the microwave.
Hello, Mr. Gervais ! I have one very important question to ask you and I would love to hear your opinion on the matter. Both evolutionists and creationists all over the globe are relentlessly arguing in their endless search for a definitive answer to this existential question. So Ricky, is wall in space ?
Hahaha! I wonder how many people get that reference. Isn’t Twitter wonderful?
We need you back hosting the golden globes! we miss you!
Thank you. I had such a great time doing that! And I’m sure I will do it again one day.
Love you by the way Ricky!
Yes. His internet series “Learn Guitar with David Brent” is currently on my YouTube channel. I’m in negotiation with major record companies to release an album of his songs. And I’m even going to tour. After that, anything could happen.
Who is your favorite MMA fighter?
Forest Griffin. Brilliant, brave, smart, funny.
Is everything really funnier in the UK?
Probably not. But if you’re British, you have to be able to see the funny side of everything.
The Invention of Lying what an awesome concept. Oh, and you have the best fucking laugh.
Thank you very much.
whats some other shows your into right now?
My favourite shows of the year are House of Cards, the Scandinavian versions of The Killing and The Bridge, and my guilty pleasure is everything MMA. Ultimate Fighter is amazing.
Why haven’t you recorded your laugh and made a ringtone out of it? Even if you sold it for $.10 you’d make millions!
I would feel sorry for the people who hated it having to hear it everywhere they went. Trust me, not everyone loves it as much as you.
By nature of the fact that redditors browse this website all day, many of us are not entirely fulfilled with our careers. Your career in entertainment started later than most. Was there some major catalytic event that made you switch your career into radio/comedy/entertainment in the late 90s after 15 years following your music career?
I never had a plan. I just sort’ve ambled along, doing exactly what I wanted every day of my life. It turned out well. I could easily be sleeping in a ditch now. I’d say always follow your passions. Even if you fail, you’ve had a great time trying.
Ricky, I’m a twitter follower and have no idea how twonks came to be. Can you give us the story?
It’s a cross between “Twitter” and “gonks.” It’s a term of affection. I promise. You twonk.
Where is the greatest place you’ve ever traveled? Would you live there?
That would be London and New York. And I do.
What is your favorite kind of soap?
I honestly can’t remember the last time I used soap. I use shampoo, shower gels, facial scrubs, exfoliants, and bath bombs. The only reason I ever undo a packet of soap is in a hotel, and that’s to use a little bit of the packaging to black out my teeth for a bath pic.
How does it feel to be known as “The King Of The Atheists” by people? I’ve heard it here on reddit.
I prefer “God of the Atheists.”
Have you any tours planned? … In particular in Ireland. Love your stand up!!
I plan to tour again as soon as possible. And yes, I’d come to Ireland. It’s always been one of my favourite gigs. The thing is, stand-up keeps getting pushed back for TV and film projects, but I promise I’m working on it.
Taken from reddit.