The Cemetery Junction star declared that he is "honoured" to win the accolade, which he is due to collect at the Banff World Television Festival this June.
The 48-year-old told USA Today: "This is probably the greatest honour of my career. Only the Nobel Peace Prize can top this, but I will only accept that in person if the ceremony is held somewhere as beautiful as Banff. I think they Fedex, luckily."
Executive director of the festival Peter Vamos said: "We could think of no one funny man so deserving of this prestigious award this year, than Ricky Gervais.
"The Office is the most critically-acclaimed sitcom of all time and Gervais's worldwide influence in the comedy industry is unparalleled."
Gervais's upcoming prize is the latest addition to an honours list that already includes two Primetime Emmys, seven British Academy Of Film And Television Awards and three Golden Globes.
The 31st annual Banff Television Festival takes place from June 13 to June 16.