Comedian Ricky Gervais Tells a Serious Story About How He Learned to Write Creatively

Ricky Ger­vais, the cre­ator of The Office, rarely gets out of his com­ic per­sona. It’s usu­al­ly  laughs, schtick, and more laughs. But when Fast Com­pa­ny pinned him down and asked him about “the sin­gle biggest influ­ence on his cre­ative process,” he turned seri­ous (after a few more laughs) and talked about a for­ma­tive moment with a child­hood Eng­lish teacher. The teacher taught him this: you’re bet­ter off writ­ing … Nev­er mind, I’ll let Ricky tell the tale. It’s his sto­ry after all.

via Mash­able

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  • chrisrivers5 says:

    I love his com­ment “mak­ing the ordi­nary extra­or­di­nary.” Hon­esty sells. I lit­er­al­ly replayed the last minute a cou­ple times. Thanks for putting this togeth­er.

  • Dick Buggery says:

    The back­ground music to thus under­wlehms what he’s say­ing.

  • estellahorlacher says:

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  • Anthony says:

    Kei­th John­stone talks in length about being obvi­ous and aver­age in your cre­ativ­i­ty because that is when you are at your most unique and orig­i­nal and cre­ative. Because it is actu­al­ly YOU, not some­thing you are TRYING to be like. Get it?

  • DLJ says:

    The cam­era man deserves a punch in the head. Pre­ten­tious tit. Good sto­ry though.

    • Craig Good says:

      I think you mean the direc­tor, who told the cam­era oper­a­tors to do all that. It gives the impres­sion that the sub­ject is so unin­ter­est­ing that they have to keep you awake with cam­era move­ment. The direc­tor should have had more con­fi­dence in Ricky.

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