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16:45: We've only been in Edinburgh about eight hours, but we're now being treated to our first blast of The Proclaimers. Not for the last time I suspect. I expect to see some Channel 5 execs bursting into this at 4am tonight in a dingy karaoke bar. I'm currently humming along to 'Letter From America' at the back of the Pentland Hall.
16:48: How many times can Ricky Gervais guffaw, cackle and roar with laughter in the hour session? I'm placing my bets on seven.
16:50: Apparently Ricky and Warwick Davis arrived at the Edinburgh TV Fest on segways earlier. A nice little fun fact for you. Expect to see pictures in a newspaper/website near you tomorrow morning.
16:52: The session starts with out-takes from The Invention Of Lying, Office and Extras. It's non-stop cackling and howling laughter on loop basically. It ends with a clip of Gervais sucking Karl Pilkington's face with a hoover.
16:54: "I was never trying to do this really," explains Gervais, as he recalls his early days at a Radio Station with Stephen Merchant. Mocking Richard Bacon, he says deadpan: "You look like you're in a Duran Duran video."
16:55: Richard Bacon defends his choice of "mankles" and no socks. "That's a sign of madness in the West Country," blasts Gervais.
16:56: Ricky is chatting about "Seedy Boss", the fake doc that launched The Office. He says that Life's Too Short has moved on from The Office because docs have changed. He wants to reflect the new celeb-obsessed documentary style.
16:58: "Fame per say, for any reason. I'm fascinated by that," says Gervais. "I was watching Celebrity Big Brother and saying 'who's that'. My partner was saying, 'she disgraced her husband'. Who's that? 'She killed someone and has a single out'.... It's strange."
16:59: Gervais says he's happy to be famous for "something". "When it's column inches for the sake of it, I fear it."
17:00: The Muppets Film and the Golden Globes "are a hobby", says Gervais. "An Idiot Abroad... I love it," says the comic, revealing his passion for the Sky1 show. Gervais claims Karl Pilkington is "like crack" he's so addictive. He adds that they've upped the ante in series two.
17:02: Gervais tells an anecdote about chimps and Karl Pilkington. Take my word for it, it's hilarious. Gervais bills An Idiot Abroad as "the best travel documentary ever made".
17:03: How did they get Karl back for series 2 of An Idiot Abroad? "We lied," says Gervais. He also says Karl's desire for a new kitchen had an influence.
17:05: Gervais reveals that they have played tricks on Karl. Swimming with dolphins was on Karl's 'bucket list' from series two. "We made him swim with sharks," laughs Gervais. "Dolphins wouldn't have been funny."
17:07: A clip of An Idiot Abroad 2 is shown. Audience in tears of laughter as Karl Pilkington expresses amazement at a snake farting. "I thought farting was a human thing with the buttocks and everything," mumbles Karl.
Watch a new trailer for An Idiot Abroad:
17:09: Gervais responds to claims that Pilkington's lines are scripted. "If he is acting, I've fallen for it. He's like that 24/7."
17:10: Ricky is asked about his new production company Backlash. He admits you get "a bigger piece of the pie", but claims that he doesn't want to produce stuff that doesn't involve him in the creative process. "The creative process excites me. There's nothing like sitting in a room and working with Stephen Merchant and seeing how little you can ruin it," he says.
17:12: Gervais claims that The Office would never have happened if he'd posted it in. "Me and Stephen went in off the streets," he claims. He adds that you have to be a "total fascist" when it comes to making art.
17:13; "You can have all the billboards, the hype... it doesn't matter," says Gervais. Everything has to be "word of mouth" and everything "has to grow", he says. "It's all about the product... you have to make something that will stand up in 25 years' time."
17:15: "Some people have confused my laziness with integrity," says Gervais, commenting on his relatively small amount of major acting roles.
17:16: "Sky let us get away with murder," says Ricky Gervais, talking about his work with them on An Idiot Abroad. He says that he went to Sky because of their aims and aspiration to be "the new HBO". "HBO is the greatest channel in the world," he claims.
17:18: Gervais jokes that The Office got the lowest audience appreciation ratings "along with women bowls".
17:20: Talking about the Beeb, Ricky says, "you can't get fired at the BBC... apart from you Richard!" Bacon takes the gag in good spirits. "Too soon Ricky," he laughs.
17:21: "In America, money is God even more. That's not a myth," says Gervais. He says that the box office and money impacts on who directs films too much.
17:22: "HBO, Sky and the BBC have the potential to be the greatest channels in the world," because of the way they are funded, says Ricky.
17:23: "There's an attitude in TV that it's better not to do anything than make a mistake," explains Gervais. "I don't understand that." We're now shown a clip of Gervais's brilliant cameo in the US version of The Office.
17:25: Gervais says that he "resisted for a long while" cameo-ing in the US version of the show. He tells a story about how the US version came about. It all started in a Starbucks in Central London. He says that he had to keep turning down a lead role in the show. He says that his eventual cameo was a "thank you to Steve Carell".
17:26: "We can't think the results would be better," says Gervais about the decision to never bring The Office back. "It's shown in 90 countries. The DNA carries on." He claims that he doesn't want an encore. "Why spoil the legacy? The legacy is everything. Even if it was as good, it wouldn't be as good as the first time, if you know what I mean." Gervais adds that he misses Extras more because it was a "less intense experience".
17:29: Gervais doesn't rule out a Golden Globes return, but it sounds unlikely. He claims that he "doesn't bluff" and that he can't see what he'd get out of it doing it again. Laughing about the outrage he caused, Gervais says: "If they saw my stand-up, their heads would explode." He adds that De Niro and Will Smith called him the day after to congratulate him. He adds that he "doesn't care" if he upset anyone. "Being offended doesn't make you right," he states.
Watch Gervais's Golden Globes intro:
17:32: "I couldn't do the Oscars. It's a stuffy affair. It's a thankless task for comedians," he says. Probed further on the Golden Globes, Gervais says that he is considering it, but says, "I shouldn't. Don't do a second encore." Time for a clip of Life's Too Short. Wooh, an exclusive!
17:35: "He's the richest most handsome man in the world. Why would he give a s**t about a fat bloke from Reading," says Gervais, when asked how he persuaded Johnny Depp to appear in Life's Too Short after the Golden Globes gags.
17:38: "Warwick's playing a desperate version of himself," Gervais explains, discussing Life's Too Short. The show takes place in Warwick's business, family, life and profile. "It dissects everything," he says.
17:39: "I want to do a spinoff with Les Dennis, Keith Chegwin and Shaun Williamson. They are brilliant. Not ironically. Brilliant naturalist actors," says Gervais talking about the minor characters in Life's Too Short. Apparently there's a scene in LTS with all three where they talk about how they would kill themselves. Gervais also teases some of the "craziest things you ever seen on television" with Johnny Depp.
17:41: Gervais says that LTS is the "funniest thing we've ever done". He claims that The Office wasn't only a comedy. "People stuck with it for Tim and Dawn, even if they denied it," he claims. He does add that there is some "pathos" in Life's Too Short.
17:43: Gervais insists that he isn't a "shock comedian". There was nothing shocking at the Golden Globes, he claims. "F**k 'em," he blasts. "You overstepped the line. I didn't draw the f**king line."
17:44: "Would you work for Channel 5," asks Bacon. "Don't be silly," Gervais deadpans. Much sniggering in the hall. "Can you imagine? The New Office. They'd have to change the logo," laughs Gervais, alluding to C5's Big Brother pick-up.
17:46: "He's the most important person working in TV comedy in the world," says Gervais, when asked about working with Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
17:48: We've got time for two questions from the audience. Could Ricky ever work on an "improvised comedy" and be willing to lose complete control of his work? "Yes," says Ricky. "The podcast was 100% improvised," he claims. "What I don't want to do is be in something I don't think is very good and it still goes out."
17:51: Second question is about deadlines. Ricky says he never gives himself one. "I don't ever want it to not be fun," he claims. "We never give dates to film studios on when it will be ready." Nine months for six or seven episodes is how long he generally takes for a TV show. His working day is 11 to 3. The lazy bugger.