Latest David Brent Stories

2008-09-26 00:00:23

By Gaynor Flynn In his first starring film role, Ricky Gervais plays an obnoxious loser seeking redemption. Sound familiar? He talks to Gaynor Flynn Ricky Gervais is having a David Brent moment. The comedian is trying to quote Keats and failing miserably. He's muttering something about a "gleaming brain". Then he stops and scratches his head. The line he's trying to remember is: "When I have fears that I may cease to be,/ Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain." Gervais brought up...

2008-09-18 06:00:31

By Donna Freydkin Ricky Gervais and Manhattan go together like David Brent and the awkward silence. Gervais, most famous for his obtuse, oblivious boss Brent on the British version of The Office, just bought a place in New York with his girlfriend, author Jane Fallon (Getting Rid of Matthew). So far, Gervais and Gotham are a match made in caustic heaven. "Give me New York any day. Give me cynicism," he says, smiling. "There's nothing worse to me than a neighbor who wants to be...

2008-07-25 12:00:54

Russia is getting its own version of the popular British workplace comedy The Office, the BBC said. The original television series was created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Gervais, who starred in the British version, and Merchant are also executive producers of the U.S. adaptation of the series, which is an enormous hit starring Steve Carell and now entering its fifth season. The Russian adaptation is the result of a licensing deal between BBC Worldwide and Russia's Channel One....

Word of the Day
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.