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July 25, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
It seemed like the only thing reporters wanted to ask Stephen Merchant about Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour was what it's like to be so tall. The executive producer, director and star of HBO's new comedy series "Hello Ladies" is 6-feet-7. He towered onstage during a panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, alongside fellow producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. "It's hard for me to fit in the frame with actors in Hollywood, who I constantly find are pitifully small," said Merchant, who with Ricky Gervais wrote and directed the British version of "The Office.
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September 27, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
Sunday will be a busy night. "Breaking Bad" (AMC, Sunday). After 10,000 episodes, the gold-encrusted body of "Breaking Bad" will be laid to rest Sunday night, with much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, after which we can officially begin toting up the damage and apply for federal relief. Inside sources tell me that the final installment is written entirely in anapestic heptameter and will be performed on a stage bare but for a wooden crate and a floor lamp. All the women's parts will be played by men, as is traditional, and the men's parts by sock puppets (an innovation)
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January 16, 2012 | Marcia Adair
Standard door height in Britain: 6 feet 6 inches. Standard bed length there: 6 feet 3 inches. British comedy writer and erstwhile stand-up Stephen Merchant: 6 feet 7. Just right for the NBA but, as Merchant points out at the beginning of his "Hello Ladies" show, a slight issue when the person he's most often photographed with is his 5-foot-7 comedy partner Ricky Gervais. Merchant is not only the co-host of "The Ricky Gervais Show" and co-creator and co-director of the U.K. sitcoms "The Office" and "Extras," but he was also once a familiar face in stand-up.
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September 27, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Stephen Merchant, the tall fellow sometimes found near Ricky Gervais (he co-wrote and co-directed "The Office" and "Extras," and costarred in the latter), has put himself out front in his own HBO series. Created with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (writers for the American "The Office"), it is called "Hello Ladies," and it is funny and disturbing in exactly the manner and proportions one would expect from his earlier works. Merchant plays Stuart, a Web designer living in Los Angeles in circumstances that suggest this Web design is a career worth investigating.
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September 27, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Stephen Merchant, the tall fellow sometimes found near Ricky Gervais (he co-wrote and co-directed "The Office" and "Extras," and costarred in the latter), has put himself out front in his own HBO series. Created with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (writers for the American "The Office"), it is called "Hello Ladies," and it is funny and disturbing in exactly the manner and proportions one would expect from his earlier works. Merchant plays Stuart, a Web designer living in Los Angeles in circumstances that suggest this Web design is a career worth investigating.
NEWS
January 17, 2012
Stephen Merchant: An article about Stephen Merchant in the Jan. 16 Calendar said that his TV and radio shows took off in the mid-1990s. It was actually the mid-'00s. Jon Huntsman: An article in the Jan. 15 Image section about the way presidential candidates dress misspelled Jon Huntsman's first name as John. Council election: An article in the Jan. 15 California section about the Los Angeles City Council runoff between Joe Buscaino and state Assemblyman Warren Furutani said that after the Pearl Harbor attack, Furutani's grandparents were among Japanese Americans sent to interment camps.
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October 21, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
The Golden Globe-winning, Peabody-winning British import "The Office" was as near perfect a television show as has ever been shot out of a cathode-ray tube. The creation of two men (star Ricky Gervais and his co-creator, co-writer and co-director Stephen Merchant) who had never made TV before -- Gervais had never even acted -- it was one of those rare works in which all the parts conspired to create an absolutely believable reality. And it was funny, too, in the awful way that life is.
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August 7, 2010 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Although nicely acted and directed, "Cemetery Junction" is a thoroughly unremarkable coming-of-age dramedy that's barely distinguished by its 1973 England setting or by its name supporting cast. Not surprisingly, the film will be on DVD shelves mid-month. Co-written and co-directed by frequent collaborators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant ("The Office," HBO's "Extras"), this memory piece nominally revolves around a mismatched trio of 20-ish mates navigating young adulthood in their working-class suburb of Cemetery Junction, a town that seems way more acceptable than its crummy reputation here implies.
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October 11, 2003 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
The brilliant British mock-documentary workplace tragicomedy "The Office" begins its much anticipated six-episode second season Sunday night at 9 on BBC America. As did the six previous episodes, the new installments generate a tension so awful, from circumstances so awfully lifelike, that you have to watch at times from behind laced fingers, with teeth clenched and the remote control close at hand.
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September 27, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
Sunday will be a busy night. "Breaking Bad" (AMC, Sunday). After 10,000 episodes, the gold-encrusted body of "Breaking Bad" will be laid to rest Sunday night, with much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, after which we can officially begin toting up the damage and apply for federal relief. Inside sources tell me that the final installment is written entirely in anapestic heptameter and will be performed on a stage bare but for a wooden crate and a floor lamp. All the women's parts will be played by men, as is traditional, and the men's parts by sock puppets (an innovation)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
It seemed like the only thing reporters wanted to ask Stephen Merchant about Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour was what it's like to be so tall. The executive producer, director and star of HBO's new comedy series "Hello Ladies" is 6-feet-7. He towered onstage during a panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, alongside fellow producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. "It's hard for me to fit in the frame with actors in Hollywood, who I constantly find are pitifully small," said Merchant, who with Ricky Gervais wrote and directed the British version of "The Office.
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February 18, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In many ways, too many ways, HBO's new comedy "Life's Too Short" is "Extras" with a dwarf. If that sounds harsh and potentially offensive, well, "Life's Too Short" is that too. It is also, at times, extremely funny. A faux documentary starring the very talented Warwick Davis ("Willow," the "Harry Potter" series) as a down-market version of himself, "Life's Too Short" is another way for creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to look at the reeking underbelly of the entertainment industry.
NEWS
January 17, 2012
Stephen Merchant: An article about Stephen Merchant in the Jan. 16 Calendar said that his TV and radio shows took off in the mid-1990s. It was actually the mid-'00s. Jon Huntsman: An article in the Jan. 15 Image section about the way presidential candidates dress misspelled Jon Huntsman's first name as John. Council election: An article in the Jan. 15 California section about the Los Angeles City Council runoff between Joe Buscaino and state Assemblyman Warren Furutani said that after the Pearl Harbor attack, Furutani's grandparents were among Japanese Americans sent to interment camps.
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January 16, 2012
Stephen Merchant 'Hello Ladies' Tour Where: Coronet Theater, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. When: Tues-Thurs, 8 p.m. Price: $40; sold out Info: http://www.largo-la.com .
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January 16, 2012 | Marcia Adair
Standard door height in Britain: 6 feet 6 inches. Standard bed length there: 6 feet 3 inches. British comedy writer and erstwhile stand-up Stephen Merchant: 6 feet 7. Just right for the NBA but, as Merchant points out at the beginning of his "Hello Ladies" show, a slight issue when the person he's most often photographed with is his 5-foot-7 comedy partner Ricky Gervais. Merchant is not only the co-host of "The Ricky Gervais Show" and co-creator and co-director of the U.K. sitcoms "The Office" and "Extras," but he was also once a familiar face in stand-up.
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December 18, 2010 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
You couldn't avoid Ricky Gervais right now, even if you wanted to. The English comedian has a new stand-up special premiering on HBO on Saturday, just weeks before the DVD release of the first season of "The Ricky Gervais Show," an animated incarnation of the popular podcasts he does with "mates" Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington that also airs on the cable channel. The series' second season premieres the same weekend Gervais is due for a return engagement hosting the telecast of the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16 on NBC; the day before that ceremony, he'll shoot a small, walk-on part in Disney's new Muppets movie, due out in November.
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January 16, 2010 | By Scott Collins >>>
On Sunday, Ricky Gervais will be the first person to host the Golden Globes telecast in 15 years. But he's not exactly feeling the pressure. "I can't flop," the 48-year-old British comic said in a recent phone interview. " 'Cause I don't care! "I don't care about ratings or opening weekends or anything like that. I care about whether I enjoyed doing it and whether I'm happy with the result." Gervais co-created (with longtime writing partner Stephen Merchant) and starred in the BBC comedy "The Office," which has made him a wealthy man. NBC runs a hit adaptation -- with Steve Carell playing the role of a blundering middle manager pioneered by Gervais -- and there are successful versions in other countries as well.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2010 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
You couldn't avoid Ricky Gervais right now, even if you wanted to. The English comedian has a new stand-up special premiering on HBO on Saturday, just weeks before the DVD release of the first season of "The Ricky Gervais Show," an animated incarnation of the popular podcasts he does with "mates" Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington that also airs on the cable channel. The series' second season premieres the same weekend Gervais is due for a return engagement hosting the telecast of the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16 on NBC; the day before that ceremony, he'll shoot a small, walk-on part in Disney's new Muppets movie, due out in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2010 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Although nicely acted and directed, "Cemetery Junction" is a thoroughly unremarkable coming-of-age dramedy that's barely distinguished by its 1973 England setting or by its name supporting cast. Not surprisingly, the film will be on DVD shelves mid-month. Co-written and co-directed by frequent collaborators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant ("The Office," HBO's "Extras"), this memory piece nominally revolves around a mismatched trio of 20-ish mates navigating young adulthood in their working-class suburb of Cemetery Junction, a town that seems way more acceptable than its crummy reputation here implies.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2010 | By Scott Collins >>>
On Sunday, Ricky Gervais will be the first person to host the Golden Globes telecast in 15 years. But he's not exactly feeling the pressure. "I can't flop," the 48-year-old British comic said in a recent phone interview. " 'Cause I don't care! "I don't care about ratings or opening weekends or anything like that. I care about whether I enjoyed doing it and whether I'm happy with the result." Gervais co-created (with longtime writing partner Stephen Merchant) and starred in the BBC comedy "The Office," which has made him a wealthy man. NBC runs a hit adaptation -- with Steve Carell playing the role of a blundering middle manager pioneered by Gervais -- and there are successful versions in other countries as well.
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