5 Times Ricky Gervais Absolutely Stole The Show For Comic Relief

“We don't have to give a donation for that, do we?”

Ricky Gervais in The Office.
Ricky Gervais Doing charity in The Office. Image BBC

Anyone who saw the “Charity” episode of The Office would probably have the impression Ricky Gervais isn’t a fan of the “wackiness” that accompanies Comic Relief – but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Sure, Gervais is unlikely to be spotted getting into a bath of baked beans any time soon but the writer and comedian has always done his bit when it comes to Red Nose Day. 

In fact, his segments down the years for the annual fundraiser still rank among the funniest and most memorable moments from the charity event.

Entertaining while saving lives, isn’t he brilliant? Here are five of his best Comic Relief sketches…


Ricky Gervais Video Diary

An early entry from Gervais, the Office creator successfully pokes fun at the BBC and Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis in this inspired clip. Hats off to Curtis for playing along. That plug for The Office DVD though…


Ricky , Stephen and Karl 

Gervais enlisted the help of long-time podcast collaborators Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington for a series of skits recorded for the 2011 edition of Comic Relief. Pilkington’s summation of Red Nose Day in this segment is particularly amusing…



Equality Street

Gervais brought David Brent back for a Comic Relief special that paved the way for Life On The Road. The undoubted highlight came with the music video for his reggae-tinged track Equality Street.



Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant do their bit

Never one to shy away from an opportunity to take the piss out of his new-found superstar status, this 2009 effort is particularly timely in the light of those David Beckham email hack knighthood allegations. More importantly, it’s really funny.



Ricky Gervais Goes To Africa

The undoubted highlight of Gervais’ Comic Relief contributions came with this star-studded effort in which the comedian deconstructed the whole idea of famous folk visiting famine-stricken Africa and, best of all, he got U2’s Bono to help him do it. An absolute classic. 

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