WATCH: Ricky Gervais Previews Second Season of His HBO Series

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is just about everywhere these days. He just did a stand-up special for HBO, and he’s hosting the Golden Globes for the second year in a row. And on January 14, the second season of his HBO animated series, The Ricky Gervais Show, will premiere.

The comedy is a cartoon adaptation of Gervais’ hugely successful podcasts featuring himself, Extras and Office co-creator Stephen Merchant, and their deeply eccentric pal, Karl Pilkington, whom Gervais mocks mercilessly.

The animated identities of the trio are quite funny: Gervais looks a bit like Fred Flintstone; Karl Pilkington, with his round head, is pure Charlie Brown; and lanky Stephen Merchant is like Dexter the boy genius all grown-up and bleached-blond.

“Episode 1 is an absolute doozy,” Gervais says in this short Season 2 preview, which you can watch below.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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