Monday, May 18, 2009

The Ricky Gervais 2-step plan: visit the White House in pajamas, get an HBO animated series

It's an auspicious few days for British comedian Ricky Gervais, the man behind "The Office" and "Extras". While in Washington, DC for the premiere of his latest film "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian", Gervais, along with co-star Ben Stiller was invited to visit the White House. Problem was, according to his blog, all his "smart clothes were at the hotel dry cleaner."

Not about to miss out on his White House invitation, Gervais donned pajama pants, a black t-shirt and off he went to Casa Obama.

On the heels of that proud accomplishment, HBO announced today that it has green-lit an animated series based on Gervais's wildly popular podcast, one of the most downloaded on the Internet.

"The Ricky Gervais Show" will feature Gervais, his comedy partner Stephen Merchant and their oddball friend Karl Pilkington in 13 half-hour episodes that will use audio from the trio's podcast.

Wildbrain, creators of Emmy-nominated "Yo Gabba Gabba" will co-produce the show, which is expected to start on HBO by the end of the year.

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