So, I didn’t win an Emmy. I was up for my Golden Globes hosting against LL Cool J (Grammys) & Neil Patrick Harris (Tonys) who won.
But I did hand a couple out. During one part of one of my presentations a big booming voice from the heavens said something like “cue FX”… someone had obviously faded up a live mic in the control room. It made me jump and so of course I said, “I’m an atheist, but that scared me”. Always nice to say the A word on primetime US network TV.
Seeing this sign on the way didn’t teach me anything
Fellow scumbag Jon Stewart won for the squillionth time and here he is after looking very pleased about it. I sent this picture to him and he said he looks like that because he just realised we all die. Haha.
After the show we were whisked off to the HBO party as usual. It’s the only place to be.
I bumped into Michael J Fox and Jane Fonda. I know Michael but I’d never met Jane before. She introduced her self by saying, “Hello, I’m Jane Fonda.” I laughed and said, “Yeah..I know.” How sweet is that?
The next day I popped to New York.
I’m still there.
Spend the week in LA launching my app; JustSayin’
Please download it. It’s free. [App Store link]
I launched a JustSayin’ competition on Conan to find the next big stand up and also showed the world my hidden talents…
But the best thing about being a technology mogul is having my own business cards.
The logo reminds me of Karl. Round and simple.
The Derek experience just seems to get better and better. Another great week, culminated in two glorious days in Broadstairs, on the Kent coast.
Karl paddling in the sea, fully clothed, getting hit by a wave and losing his glasses was an amazing stroke of luck that we captured on camera. I nearly burst of course. Like an old pro, he swore and ranted in character. Or as close as damn it. Haha.
In my spare time I wrote a little piece for The Wall Street Journal about the creation of The Office.
Thanks to everyone on Twitter who gave me feedback for the prototype of my little app, JustSayin. Very useful indeed. We will be incorporating a few innovations in time for the official launch this month.
And finally, thank you to everyone of my 3 million followers. That’s more than most newspapers. And yes, I understand that with great power comes great responsibility. So I’d like to say to all you kids out there, please don’t try this at home…
I am a trained gimpologist.
A fun-packed week filming on Derek was only marred slightly by the fact that an emergency doctor was called after 24 hours of severe abdominal pain.
Examination, urine sample, and blood tests were taken and I was rushed to hospital for a scan. (I say rushed, they couldn’t do the scan for 6 hours, in which time I was allowed only water. I also couldn’t stop filming, so in some scenes, Derek will look a little paler and sweatier than usual.
Anyway, I had a form of gastric flu. Not what I first assumed; it was the second I had any sort of pain then - “cancer of the everything”. As soon as a doctor tells me I’m not going to die, I feel better. They are true healers.
I called another Doc for help too this week - the mighty Doc Brown. A very funny man indeed.
Seriously though, who’s better looking?
But this lot stole the show…
This wasn’t just an excuse for me to play with dogs for the day. (Well it was, but it’s sort of justified.) Some animal rescue centres get a little grant if they provide a pet therapy service. i.e. they take some pooches and moggies around to care homes and let the residents have a little cuddle. Very sweet. And it works. That was one of the days I was ill, and when I was filming with the critters the colour came back to my cheeks. They are true healers too. Ahh.
Filming Derek continues to be a dream job. I’m actually getting depressed that we’ve got way too much great stuff to cram into a measly 23 minutes per episode.
This is of course a lovely problem to have.
Expect a lot of lovely DVD extras and webisodes.
The US version of The Office is to end after its 9th season. I couldn’t be prouder of its success story but all good things must come to an end. And with syndication it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Here’s a little article I did about why Michael Scott had to be slightly different to David Brent for American audiences
Oh, and thank you to the mighty Shortlist and its readers for putting Brent at the top of their favourite sitcom characters of all time.
So the first week’s filming on Derek went like a dream.
Definitely the most fun I’ve ever had on any production.
We laughed and ruined many takes and we also cried during some of the sweeter, dramatic moments.
The old actors (some are in their 90s) are all so lovely with amazing stories, and they bring such a weight and pathos to the whole thing.
It’s also the best ensemble cast I’ve ever been apart of. Karl is fucking brilliant. So natural.
David Earl is a comedy megastar of the future. And Kerry Godliman is simply one of the best actresses I’ve ever worked with.
I somehow picked up every performance Globe, Emmy and Bafta, for The Office and Extras, with none of the other amazing cast getting a look in. I really hope that isn’t the case with Derek. The performances from everyone are too good.
I couldn’t believe my luck with this photo when I saw the sign in the background…
In other news…
My app has basically done its development period and we are ready for an official launch in the autumn. If all goes well I should have my animal sanctuary sooner than expected. (Or I may just spend it all on a battleship and invade a tiny island for a laugh.)
And the most amazing news of all is that the pilot episode of Learn English with Ricky Gervais has been downloaded 10 million times in a week! That’s fucking mental. I mean, thank you.
Please have your translations ready for next week when we will release a clean version for you to add your own subtitles and post on Youtube.