The Office

Electronic Punk

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Dec 2, 2001

The guy is actually playing a character called David Brent.
Microsoft have actually employed this guy to film internal training videos, sadly I doubt we will ever see them.

"David Brent, the nightmare boss played by Ricky Gervais in 'The Office' was expected to disappear after the two-part special which aired over Christmas. However, Brent has been brought out of retirement already... by Microsoft.

Microsoft have paid Gervais an undisclosed sum to write and star in a series of training films, to be recorded at the company's head office in Reading. The Microsoft headquarters are reported to already be full of posters freaturing David Brent with the slogan: "I'm Back, and this time it's Personal Development".

However the general public are unlikely to get to see any of the training videos. A Microsoft spokeswoman has said "It is an internal thing and not something we like to publicise.""

He has some classic quotes!

“Life is just a series of peaks and troughs. And you don’t know whether you’re in a trough until you’re climbing out, or on a peak until you’re coming down. And that’s it you know, you never know what’s round the corner. But it’s all good. ‘If you want the rainbow, you’ve gotta put up with the rain.’ Do you know which philosopher said that? Dolly Parton. And people say she’s just a big pair of tits.”

"Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that Neil will be taking over both branches, and some of you will lose your jobs. Those of you who are kept on will have to relocate to Swindon, if you wanna stay. I know, gutting. On a more positive note, the good news is, I’ve been promoted, so....every cloud. You’re still thinking about the bad news aren’t you?"

"There are limits to my comedy. There are things that I'll never laugh at. The handicapped. Because there's nothing funny about them. Or any deformity. It's like when you see someone look at a little handicapped and go 'ooh, look at him, he's not able-bodied. I am, I'm prejudiced.' Yeah, well, at least the little handicapped fella is able-minded. Unless he's not, it's difficult to tell with the wheelchair ones."


I may actually be insane.
Mar 31, 2002
Electronic Punk said:
However the general public are unlikely to get to see any of the training videos. A Microsoft spokeswoman has said "It is an internal thing and not something we like to publicise.
Like all your operating system Alphas, betas and release candidates, huh?

Of course we'll see them, leaks are great :p


Beware the G-Man
Political User
Mar 31, 2002
Me gonna talk to someone and see if he can get his hands on any... or not.

D00d works for MicroSquish, he's a regional VP for somethin or other. Tis how me got XP Pro and second CD of XP Pro. :D

Haven't talked to him in a while soooo, not sure. *hopes*


OSNN Senior Addict
Jul 9, 2002
yes heard about it on the News :)

Its fuked up that he couldnt be in the Adwards for the best thingy show this year he would of won hands down


OSNN Veteran Addict
Mar 5, 2003
hehe Ricky Gervais is a funny guy :D
He's sharp as a knife, and he's really dangerous when on live TV :eek:
Anyone remember him in the 11 O'clock show?
Iain Lee & Daisy Donovan used to host it. Mental telly! :D
That was the show that kick-started the whole Ali-G thing too.


I'm sorry Hal...
Political User
Jan 6, 2002
I remember the 11 o'clock show :) the stuff he used to come out with.... it would make a sailor blush :)


Beware the G-Man
Political User
Mar 31, 2002
Well got a reply from the person I know at MicroSquish. As far as he knows he's never hear of any of this, but he said he would poke around and see what he could find.

He is West Region State and Local Government Sr. Technology Specialist (hey, it sounds important :p), so maybe he'll find somethin.

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All good still mate?
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