He once suckled milk from a cow's udder. This show stood out, as it was actually genuinely good. It's only a matter of time before Steve and his posse follow in the footsteps of Newman and Baddiel.
Recently, a number of tapes of The Steve Show have been rediscovered and are being distributed on various Merchant fan sites. The second week I died on my arse. I realised that stand-up was not that easy after all. The Saturday show never had a large audience; Gervais says "It's a tin pot radio station It's not even the biggest radio station in the building. As part of his coursework, he enlisted Gervais to perform in a minute short film, "Seedy Boss," which became the earliest inspiration for their sitcom The Office.
Merchant's father also appears in multiple episodes as an office handyman named Gordon. Merchant also directed a sitcom pilot called The Last Chancers , which aired on Comedy Lab in November and became a five-part series broadcast in December on E4. The radio show went off the air indefinitely in January The same year, The Office aired in the U. S to critical acclaim. They would later co-write the third-season episode " The Convict ", and Merchant would go on to direct the fifth-season episode " Customer Survey ".
Two more series and three special installments the "Podfather Trilogy" were recorded in , with the final episode released on Christmas Eve. In late , they recorded four more podcasts and began a series of audiobooks examining Pilkington's perspective on various subjects. The series features Merchant in a supporting role as Darren Lamb , the incompetent agent to struggling actor Andy Millman , played by Gervais. The show also featured several of his friends, including his housemate, his childhood friend, as well as actor Rufus Gerrard-Wright who also appeared in an episode of Extras.
Dobson  joining the ensemble. Stand-up[ edit ] Merchant began performing stand-up comedy in the late s to critical success, though he decided to focus more on his work with writing partner Ricky Gervais after the success of The Office.
Merchant returned to stand-up with a nationwide tour of the United Kingdom in September , under the title Hello Ladies.
In late , the tour continued in Australia and New Zealand. Merchant performed his first-ever stand-up tour of Scandinavia in October , performing in 11 different cities as part of a European festival circuit. It was adapted from his stand-up show of the same name. Merchant's frequent partner Ricky Gervais was not involved in any part of the show which was instead written by Merchant, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.
After its initial run of eight episodes, HBO did not renew the show for a second season  but aired a special movie on 22 November that served as the series' last episode. He has a supporting role in the film Tooth Fairy. On television, Merchant made a cameo appearance in a non-speaking role on the sixth-season premiere of 24 ; he also starred as a sports commentator in the unaired pilot No Skillz.
In , Merchant and Gervais collaborated on the film Cemetery Junction , set in working-class England in the s, which received mixed to positive reviews on its release in In he starred in I Give It a Year as the best man. What I was really pleased by how people seemed to respond to it in the way they do with a movie they've enjoyed, or a TV show they've enjoyed. Merchant has provided the voice-over since of advertisements for Barclays and Waterstones. Through the show's first four seasons, Merchant is the only actor to play the same historical figure Lincoln twice.
The series was announced as a pilot in May , and a full season was approved in November Jon Gries of Lost fame will portray a principal character.