At the turn of this century Ricky was preparing to star and direct a pilot he had written with Stephen Merchant for the BBC, called "The Office". It went quite well and a series was commissioned. It first aired at 9.30pm on Monday July 9, 2001 on the BBC. The rest, as they say, is history.
It is the most critically acclaimed sitcom of all time becoming the first British comedy to win a Golden Globe. In all, Ricky has won three Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmys, and seven BAFTAS. 'The Office' is the most successful British comedy of all time being shown in over 90 countries with seven remakes. The NBC version is the most successful US remake of a British show for over 30 years. It reached the magic 100 episodes in 2009 and has started its first phase of syndication.
Ricky won his first Emmy as Executive Producer on 'The Office'(US) in 2006. He won his second for 'Extras' in 2007. Only two British sitcoms have won Golden Globes — 'The Office' and 'Extras'.
Over a 10-year period Ricky Gervais has become the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin. He is an award-winning stand up comedian and his tour "Fame" became the fastest selling UK stand up show in history selling an untouchable 100,000 tickets in 9 minutes! He performed to 500,000 People that year including his first US tour, which was recorded as an HBO Special at Madison Square Garden. The show received three Emmy nominations. His latest tour has sold nearly a million tickets worldwide and his second HBO special premiered on Dec. 18th 2010.
He is the only guest star of The Simpsons to also write an episode. It became the highest rated Simpson's episode of all time on Sky One in 2006. He also appeared on Sesame Street, which he claims is the highlight of his career.
In 2005 Ricky turned his hand to podcasting and is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most downloaded internet show of all time. He was the first to charge for podcasts the following year and has now clocked up a staggering 250,000,000 shows downloaded. 'The Ricky Gervais Show' has been the number one selling audio book in the world since 2006. In 2009 it was made into the 13-part animated series for HBO with Season 2 to air in January 2011.
He started his year in January 2010 as the first host of the Golden Globes since 1995 and will continue the role in 2011. He was named in Time Magazine's '100 Most Influential People In The World', and awarded the 'Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award' from the Banff World Television Festival.