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Gervais and Merchant to appear in Life’s Too Short

Confirmation from IGN today that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant will play “minor roles” in the show as themselves. How small these roles actually end up being is yet to be seen.

The news of course is not unexpected. Ricky Gervais took the starring role in both The Office and Extras and Stephen Merchant also appeared in both (if only briefly in The Office). As two bona fide comedy geniuses their presence in any show should make things funnier. Perhaps the caveat that they will only be “minor roles” is due to the logistics of having them show up frequently as themselves if the show is following Warwick as himself. Whereas in Extras Gervais played Andy Millman and the guest stars came and went quickly, in Life’s Too Short Gervais, if he is indeed playing himself, will be the big star; having him or Merchant hanging around for too long would no doubt stretch the realistic tone a show like this will require if it’s to work.

“We’re having so much fun working with Warwick” Gervais told the BBC. “Pound-for-pound he is one of the funniest men I know.”

We know a lot about the comedy potential of Gervais and Merchant, finding out just how funny Warwick Davis can be should be a treat for everybody who’s grown up watching him play Ewoks and Leprechauns.

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