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16. Ricky Gervais

"It's not my job to worry what people are thinking of me. That's a job for a politician," Gervais said a couple years ago. Indeed, Bill Clinton he is not. From his scorched-earth turns hosting the Golden Globes or his stand-up deconstruction of religious ignorance, Gervais' comedy has always been about no-holds-barred bullshit-calling. Yet, he's still cuddly-schlub likeable enough to star in the forthcoming Muppets sequel. Gervais' next BBC series, Derek, in which he plays an autistic-seeming guy who works in an old-folks home, returns to the fishbowl realism he perfected on The Office, with fascinating results.

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