Ricky Gervais Presents “Learn Guitar with David Brent”

To help cel­e­brate YouTube’s first Com­e­dy Week, Ricky Ger­vais has revived David Brent, the bum­bling “Region­al Man­ag­er” that ran the Wern­ham Hogg Paper Com­pa­ny in the UK ver­sion of The Office. Although the sit­com pre­sent­ed him as the ‘boss from hell,’ Brent fan­cied him­self “a philoso­pher to rival Descartes, a musi­cian to rival Texas, a dancer to rival MC Ham­mer.” And a “bril­liant singer-song­writer” too. Per­haps you’ll remem­ber a favorite moment from the show, when Brent led his staff in a sing-a-long to Free Love Free­way? (If not, we have it below, and you can find the chords and lyrics here.) Any­way, Brent is back, and he’s now offer­ing gui­tar lessons on YouTube — lessons guar­an­teed to teach you absolute­ly noth­ing about play­ing gui­tar. If you want real lessons, James Tay­lor has you cov­ered here.

You can find the first les­son above; the sec­ond les­son will hit Ricky Ger­vais’ YouTube Chan­nel on June 3.

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