Extras. Darren Lamb (Stephen Merchant). Copyright: BBC.

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Comedians tell us why we need to save live comedy

Five quid tickets, a back room in a pub and a lone microphone stand are the formula for some of the best nights. But now, with venues still closed, the future prospects of live comedy are looking bleak.

Zoe Paskett, Evening Standard, 22nd July 2020

Stephen Merchant developing deepfake comedy

Stephen Merchant is developing a new satirical comedy utilising "deepfake" technology to impersonate the likes of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. Rory Bremner, Matt Forde, and Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong are also involved.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd June 2020

Feelgood Friday Film Club: Fighting With My Family

You don't have to like wrestling to enjoy the action (just as with Billy Elliot where you didn't have to care about ballet) but writer-director Stephen Merchant makes the staged fights tons of fun nonetheless.

Jo Berry, The List, 5th June 2020

Extras is still irreverent, clever fun

As cringe-inducing as The Office, Extras lampoons Hollywood with great cheer while paying mournful tribute to failed dreams.

Amal Awad, The Guardian, 14th May 2020

Stephen Merchant: lockdown watch

The co-creator of The Office and Extras on how Harrison Ford's 90s thrillers are helping him through lockdown and why he rarely watches comedy.

Stephen Merchant, The Guardian, 6th May 2020

Stephen Merchant makes BBC series The Offenders

Stephen Merchant is making The Offenders, a new comedy drama series for BBC One about a group of strangers undertaking a community payback sentence in Bristol.

British Comedy Guide, 6th January 2020

Interview: Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant reveals being self-conscious about his 6ft 7in frame drew him to comedy.

Chris Hastings, Mail on Sunday, 22nd December 2019

Stephen Merchant interview

"I had seen how much free stuff Ricky got sent, and that was another reason to put myself in the show"

Wil Jones, JOE, 19th December 2019