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Stephen Merchant: on the way to comedy hegemony?

By Julian Hall  

Merchant on stage on a prior occassion—microphone stand intact

Stephen Merchant started a short run of solo stand up shows in London this week, the culmination of three years refreshing skills he first honed the years BG (Before Gervais).

From what he told his audience on Monday night there was a definite sense that the gangly, bespectacled co-creator of The Office and Extras wants to conquer the stand-up arena properly and not just dabble. This is partly, he tells us, because…

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