Guests for September 06, 2020
Ricky Gervais. Matt Vogel
Ricky Gervais is f***ing brilliant!
He initially worked in the music industry. As an upcoming pop star in the 1980s, he was the singer of the new-wave act “Seona Dancing” and working as the manager of the then band “Suede” before turning to comedy.
Gervais began his stand-up career in the late 1990s. He has performed five multi-national stand-up comedy tours. In 2000, he was given a Channel 4 spoof talk show, Meet Ricky Gervais. He achieved greater mainstream fame the following year with his BBC television mock documentary series “The Office”. It was followed by “Extras” in 2005. In addition to co-writing and directing the shows, he played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. He starred in 2016 comedy film “David Brent: Life on the Road”, which he also wrote and directed.
Gervais has also starred in the Hollywood films “Ghost Town, the Night at the Museum trilogy, For Your Consideration, and Muppets Most Wanted”. He wrote, directed, and starred in “The Invention of Lying” and the Netflix-released “Special Correspondents”. He hosted the Golden Globe Awards in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, and again in 2020. Currently, Gervais is credited as the creator, executive producer, director, and writer for the Netflix comedy series “After Life”, where he plays the lead role of Tony Johnson.
Matt Vogel is one of the core Disney MuppetTM Performers and plays Kermit the Frog, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Uncle Deadly, Lew Zealand, Crazy Harry, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Camilla, Sweetums, Pops, and Constantine. He is one of the Sesame Street Muppet Performers and plays Big Bird, The Count, Mr. Johnson, and others. As part of Sesame Street’s directing team, he has earned seven Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Series” and directed the Primetime Emmy Award-Winning special Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas for HBO. He is also a co- producer on Sesame Street and the show’s Puppet Captain.
Films: The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, I Am Big Bird (himself), Muppets Most Wanted (Constantine), The Muppets (‘80s Robot, etc.), Old Dogs, and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Wilkins).
TV: Sesame Street, ABC’s The Muppets, The Furchester Hotel, Jack’s Big Music Show, Bear in the Big Blue House, The Puzzle Place, HBO’s Oz, Good Luck Charlie, 30 Rock, Between the Lions, Big Bag, Blue’s Clues, Greg the Bunny, Oobi, A Very Pentatonix Christmas, American Masters: This Is Bob Hope, Christmas with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Muppets Letters to Santa, Scooby- Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map, Studio DC: Almost Live!, Elmo’s Christmas Countdown, Elmo Saves Christmas, Sesame Street in Communities, Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On, Oprah: Where Are They Now?, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Matt has a BFA in Theatre from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis. He lives outside New York City with his wife and their five children.