Comedy in the Age of Ricky Gervais

It's not a stretch to say that Gervais has changed comedy in the 21st century. Here's how

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The new issue of Rolling Stone features an in-depth profile of Ricky Gervais, one of the most innovative, beloved and controversial figures in contemporary comedy. In the article, Gervais sets the record straight on his widely criticized Golden Globes monologue, speaks candidly about his atheism and comments on the departure of Steve Carrell from The Office, the American version of the show that launched his career.

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In addition to that story, we've collected Gervais' Top 10 best zings, looked back at his long, funny career in comedy and counted down the 11 best comedian-musicians. (Did you know that Gervais was in a British New Wave band called Seona Dancing before going into comedy?) We also acknowledged Gervais' influence in the world of comedy podcasting by listing off the 10 best comedy podcasts of the moment.