– 28% of the vote
Ricky Gervais began his career as a pop singer, but later reinvented himself as a comedian/chat show host. He was part of a new wave of comedy writers/performers who embraced Steve Coogan and Larry David’s pseudo-realistic brand of humour. Along with long-time writing partner, Steven Merchant, Gervais made his way into mainstream acceptance via “The Office” TV series then “Extras”, “The Ricky Gervais Show”, “Idiot Abroad” and the movie, “Cemetery Junction”. Most of their work on “The Office” and “Extras” received high critical acclaim, and they both gained awards. Gervais also has toured with several stand-up comedy shows. Gervais went on to create the tragi-comic series “Derek”, the children’s books “Flanimals” and also starred and guest starred in a few feature length US films.