Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

Date of birth: 25-06-1961

A late entrant to the world of comedy, Gervais only started to try to tap his talent for making people laugh in 1998, at the age of 36.

Before that, he had spent seven years spent as an entertainments manager for a student union.

And his initial ambitions were musical, playing in a failed Eighties band called Seona Dancing.

He later, briefly, managed the band Suede, before landing a job on London's XFM radio station where he started developing a taste for comedy, and a character called Seedy Boss who would later become The Office's David Brent.

 

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Ricky Gervais becomes highest paid British radio presenter

New deal with SiriusXM in the US

Ricky Gervais has signed a new deal which makes him the highest paid UK presenter on radio anywhere in the world.

He is to make a one-hour show for the with US satellite broadcaster SiriusXM, which will also be available as an iTunes podcast and on YouTube.

Gervais, who launched his entertainment career at London-based radio station XFM, said: ‘I started out in radio, and Sirius made me an offer I couldn't refuse to return.

‘With 32 million subscribers, editorial control, my own playlist and absolute freedom of speech, it’s the perfect platform for me, and hopefully the listener too.’

The show, Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius, will premiere at 4pm UK time next Tuesday, October 24.

Details of the exact size of his deal have not been revealed, but it would have to be substantial. Radio 2 breakfast host Chris Evans receives around £2.2million a year from the BBC.

Scott Greenstein, president of SiriusXM, said: ‘Ricky Gervais is undoubtedly one of the most uniquely talented comedians in the game. 

‘Whether he’s starring in a beloved television show, delivering raucous stand-up before a crowd of 20,000, or skewering celebrities at an awards show, the bottom line is that Ricky is a compelling performer whose legion of fans is only growing. 

‘We’re ecstatic that he’s bringing those many talents to SiriusXM, where he’ll tackle some of life’s big mysteries, while he charms and enlightens our more than 32 million subscribers nationwide.’

The new show will feature Gervais talking about serious topics with guests including  Richard Dawkins and Noel Gallagher, promising ‘thought-provoking discussions about the topics he feels the most passionate about, namely music, science, art, and ethics.’

Gervais released a pilot episode, featuring comic Mike Birbiglia as a guest, earlier this month:

Sirius subscribers in the States will be able to hear the show on Comedy Greats channel 94.

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Published: 18 Oct 2017

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