Say hello to your 2016 Golden Globes host! As movie and television fanatics alike gear up for one of the most exciting award shows of the year, some might not be too familiar with this year’s host, Ricky Gervais. Never fear — we have five fast facts for you right here!
Unlike some award show hosts, Ricky Gervais, 54, isn’t the most household name in America. But considering the British comedian has such a major role in the 2016 Golden Globes as the night’s host, that could very well change! Despite the fact that he has hosted before, Golden Globe devotees might need to know a little more about who will be running the show on Jan. 10. Get to know Ricky below!
1. He has hosted the Golden Globes the most times.
This year’s Golden Globes will be Ricky’s fourth time hosting, giving him a leg up on the three-time hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. He also served as the master of ceremonies in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Because of his crude jokes that often involve celebrities in the audience, his returns have always been deemed controversial.
2. He isn’t afraid to throw shade — and Robert Downey Jr. isn’t exactly a fan of it.
Ricky is known for having a dark sense of humor as it is, but during his second Golden Globes hosting gig in 2011, he totally dissed Robert when introducing the actor. He listed off some of Robert’s movies before making a pretty personal slam: “He has done all those films, but many of you in this room know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail.” Even though Robert called him out for being “mean-spirited,” Ricky outwardly said he isn’t sorry!
3. He used to be a pop star.
Well, not quite. After attending college, Ricky attempted to start a career as a singer with a pop duo called Seona Dancing. Although the group landed a recording contract and released two singles, Ricky’s pop career didn’t last long as the group failed to gain much attention.
4. He was the original Michael Scott from The Office.
Ricky’s acting career really took off after he starred in a UK series of the same name beginning in 2001, which actually inspired the American remake because of its success overseas. He played office manager David Brent, whom Steve Carell‘s character is based off of. In fact, he’s a co-creator of both versions of the show!
5. He has actually won a Golden Globe himself.
Years before taking the stage as host, Ricky took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2004 for his Office role as David Brent. He was also nominated for the same award in 2008 and 2015, but for his roles in Extras and Derek, respectively.
HollywoodLifers, are you glad Ricky is this year’s Golden Globes host?