Sunday Funnies: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington from their Guinness World Record-winning podcasts. Get ready, HBO is animating
December 27, 2009

Sunday Funnies:

Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington from their Guinness World Record-winning podcasts. Get ready, HBO is animating the entire series for a new program debuting in February:

Ricky Gervais is getting animated for HBO.

The British comic will star in his own comedy cartoon series starting Friday, Feb. 19, at 9/8c on HBO, followed by the second-season premiere of another animated comedy, The Life and Times of Tim.

The Ricky Gervais Show will mark Gervais' third collaboration with HBO, following the Emmy-winning Extras and his 2008 special, Ricky Gervais: Out of England — Stand-Up Special. The animated series will also reteam Gervais, 48, with Stephen Merchant. The two created the original BBC version of The Office as well as Extras.

The Ricky Gervais Show is based on Gervais, Merchant and comic Karl Pilkington's breakout podcasts — the most downloaded ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington will voice the show, which will animate past podcasts on everything from philosophy and philanthropy to excerpts from Pilkington's journal.

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