RICKY GERVAIS joins YouTube's Comedy week line up May 20-25

Ricky Gervais
launches new internet series 
“Learn Guitar with David Brent” 
as part of YouTube’s First Ever Comedy Week

London, UK (May 13, 2013):  Today YouTube and Ricky Gervais announced that he will launch a new internet series “Learn Guitar with David Brent” on his YouTube channel ( as part of YouTube’s first ever Comedy Week.

Off the back of the worldwide hit 'Equality Street', Brent capitalises on his long-awaited pop fame and invites us into his home to learn more about the man, the myth, the legend, his inspirations, his song writing tips, his wisdom and philosophies on life, and the first the glimpse of a new albums worth of material. The first episode will go live as part of YouTube's Comedy Week. The exclusive trailer can be viewed here:

Ricky Gervais said "YouTube is one of the most important players in the future of the entertainment industry. It is globally accessible, and it's only limit is our imaginations."

Ricky Gervais is one of the biggest comedians in the world, creator of one of the most successful TV shows of all time with podcast downloads at over 500 million and is immensely popular on YouTube. The return of David Brent has been watched around the world and his Equality Street YouTube video alone garnered over 3.2 million views.

YouTube’s Comedy Week is a special event from May 20 through May 25, that will showcase the best of comedy on YouTube. An all star line up that includes Vince Vaughn, David Mitchell, Jamie Oliver, Seth Rogen, Midnight Beast, Tomska, Danisnotonfire, and many others, will create a one of a kind experience with a week of dedicated programming that includes new episodes from some of the UK’s most popular YouTube comedy channels, curated top ten lists from well-known comedy stars and more.

Rich Waterworth, Head of Comedy Week UK for YouTube said, "Ricky Gervais has a massive following on YouTube and they’ll be thrilled to see his new series with the infamous David Brent.

YouTube is the home of comedy for the next generation so join us for Comedy Week as we celebrate the best of comedy on YouTube."

Justin Gayner, founder of YouTube network ChannelFlip, is Executive Producer of the UK's Comedy Week said:  "With 1 billion monthly viewers, YouTube is the largest platform on the planet. And that makes the inaugural YouTube Comedy Week the biggest single comedy event in history.

"Creating comedy on YouTube over the last five years has been a hugely rewarding experience. Now that we have a direct relationship with our viewers and no restrictions on what we can make, the possibilities are endless."

Comedy is extremely popular on YouTube. Seven out of ten of the most popular (most subscribed to) channels are comedy. With Comedy Week, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the creators behind that content and the channels showcasing it on a regular basis.

For more information and the full list of participating talent please visit and follow the fun(ny) at #ComedyWeek.