Ricky Gervais has been talking about the show for months, but today SiriusXM made the official announcement that Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius is happening. The one-hour once weekly radio talk show debuts on October 24th on SiriusXM’s Comedy Greats channel 94.
Gervais will be broadcasting from various locations around the globe including London and New YorkCity. Gervais, who started his career as a radio host in London, is ready to return to his roots, at least for one hour a week. “I started out in radio, and SiriusXM made me an offer to return that I couldn’t refuse,” Gervais said. “With 32 million subscribers, editorial control, my own playlist and absolute freedom of speech, it’s the perfect platform for me, and hopefully the listener too.” He plans to talk serious topics with guests like scientist and author Richard Dawkins or musician Noel Gallagher. SiriusXM promises Gervais will have thought-provoking discussions about the topics he feels the most passionate about, namely music, science, art, and ethics.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 8, 2017
SiriusXM’s Scott Greenstein says he’s ecstatic about the new series where Gervais will “tackle some of life’s big mysteries, while he charms and enlightens our more than 32 million subscribers nationwide.” He added, “Ricky Gervais is undoubtedly one of the most uniquely talented comedians in the game,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “Whether he’s starring in a beloved television show, delivering raucous stand-up before a crowd of 20,000, or skewering celebrities at an awards show, the bottom line is that Ricky is a compelling performer whose legion of fans is only growing.”
Ricky Gervais has tackled every area of the business– stand up comedy, podcasting, creating, directing and starring in film and television, hosting awards shows, winning awards and more– so a return to his roots is an interesting move. He first became a household name in the United States following the critically-acclaimed run of “The Office” in the United Kingdom. Gervais co-created the original program and produced the wildly popular U.S. version before moving on to films and more television hits with “Extras” and “Derek.” Gervais has won seven BAFTA awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Emmy Awards, solidifying his position as one of the biggest names in comedy. Along the way, he amassed a passionate fan base, including a large social media presence that comprises more than 12.8 million Twitter followers.
“Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius” will air Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. ET on SiriusXM Comedy Greats channel 94, and will then re-air the same day at 5:00 p.m. ET on Raw Dog channel 99.
Gervais created a pilot for his radio show over the summer which you can listen to below.