Stephan Merchant, who is the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning co-creator of BBC’s The Office has decided to try his hand at stand-up. I didn’t know what to expect going in, only having seen him on the Ricky Gervais Show. I don’t know if the show was very funny, or I was charmed by his British accent, but I really enjoyed the act.
Merchant made it pretty clear from the start of the show that he was attempting this new venture as a way to distance himself, and his money, from Ricky Gervais. He gave examples of ways that Ricky has overshadowed him in the past, including visuals of newspaper headlines and magazine articles.
Merchant tells plenty of jokes, but the show is more of an account told in stories of the difficultly brought on by being a 6′ 7″ nerd, and his unsuccessful attempt at finding a wife. For his first attempt at parting ways with Gervais, Merchant holds his own. The show is definitely worth checking out if you get a chance.
The show was garbage, but that accent is amazing.