Twitter: Thumbs Down
Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, author, actor, director, producer, screenwriter and former pop musician. He achieved mainstream fame with his television series The Office and the subsequent series Extras, both of which he co-wrote and co-directed with friend and collaborator, Stephen Merchant. Besides writing and directing the shows, Gervais also played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. Gervais has also appeared in several Hollywood films, including For Your Consideration, Stardust, Night at the Museum and Ghost Town.
Question: Do you twitter?
Ricky Gervais: I’ve avoided it. I’ve avoided Facebook, MySpace. In fact, I keep taking off bogus Ricky Gervaises. And apparently, I’ve got the most fake me's on there. But I do my blog. Between the podcast and my blog, I got a lot more than Twitter could give me. I think the highest on there is about 100,000, whereas my podcast is downloaded like 120,000 times a day. My blog is read by 2 million people a month. So I control it.
It feels to me like you’re hanging around school for too long. Do you know what I mean? I don’t really see the point for me, and I’m sure it works for some people, but isn’t it just people saying, "Having a bath"? Okay, well done. Good. Nothing against it; but no, I’m not part of that. I think I’m a little bit old for that.
Recorded Feb 25, 2009.
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