The Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning co-creator of The Office and Extras is about to bring his first ever stand-up comedy tour Stephen Merchant Live: Hello Ladies! to Australia.
Globally known for his acclaimed collaborative work with partner Ricky Gervais, Merchant has at last decided to take his considerable stand-up talents on the road. His recent UK tour was hugely successful - including ten nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo - garnering universal critical acclaim.
It’s not widely known he started his career as a stand-up comedian and radio presenter – at XFM where he met Gervais. In 2001, Merchant in fact shared a stand-up bill in four-hander Rubbernecker, with Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr and Robin Ince at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Merchant, along with Gervais and Karl Pilkington, features in the Guinness Book Of World Records for having the most downloaded Internet show of all time, clocking up a staggering 280,000,000 downloads. Their conversations have subsequently been animated for HBO cartoon series The Ricky Gervais Show.
Merchant and Gervais have also co-written and appeared in a seven-part TV series Life’s Too Short, an observational comedy centered on Warwick Davis, one of Britain’s pre-eminent dwarf actors, and An Idiot Abroad, a live-action travelogue series starring “dear friend and complete imbecile” Karl Pilkington.
Merchant’s film credits include: Hall Pass with Owen Wilson, Tooth Fairy with Dwayne Johnson and cameos in Hot Fuzz and Run Fat Boy Run alongside Simon Pegg. He directed his first feature film Cemetery Junction with Gervais, which was released in 2010.
Stephen Merchant said: "Most people don't realise that I was a stand-up comedian before I met Ricky Gervais and his coat-tails. Life can be lonely as a TV writer so this tour is a great opportunity for me to get out there and meet my fans. And make at least one of them my wife."
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