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Ricky Gervais Gets Ready For the Golden Globes, Preps For New HBO Show

One would think that British comic Ricky Gervais is busy prepping for this Sunday’s Golden Globe awards on NBC. But he’s not.

“I am pretty calm, because I’ve got very low standards. I don’t really care because they’re not going to invite me back,” he told reporters.

Gervais will serve as MC for the venerable awards show this week. This will be the first time the Golden Globes has had a host since 1995.

The 48-year-old is best known as the co-creator and star of the original, British version of The Office and recently co-starred with Jennifer Garner in the feature-film The Invention of Lying (which he also co-directed). He won a Golden Globe in 2001 (The Office) along with countless Emmy and BAFTA awards for a number of his shows appearances.

Also, if you think that Gervais will go easy on the attending audience at the awards show just because they are in the same room, you’re wrong. The funnyman isn’t intending to hold anything back.

“Anyone who isn’t concentrating (on Sunday), will get it,” says Gervais. “All the stars will be in that room. It doesn’t mean they are not going to get a roasting, but I admire them secretly.”

When not making his rounds on the TV circuit for his hosting gig, Gervais is also in L.A. working on his new endeavor — an animated version of hit British radio podcasts featuring his offbeat, unscripted chats with The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant on HBO.

HBO has revealed that Gervais will be the star voice in a 13-episode animated comedy slated for early 2010. The voices on the show will include Gervais, Merchant and their friend Karl Pilkington, whose ideas and musings inspire the podcast’s creative stories.

Topics include 20th century inventions and philosophy as seen through the eyes of Pilkington. Gervais said one topic included Pilkington’s choice of his highlight of the year, which turned out to be “a grub eating a biscuit”.

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