Ricky Gervais is best known for creating The Office and for behaving like a teenager who just discovered atheism on Twitter. It’s hard to imagine him breaking into entertainment if he wasn’t incredibly funny, seeing as how he devoted an entire episode of Extras to David Bowie calling him a pug-faced fatso.
And speaking of Bowie, Gervais is also a huge fan, which makes his 1984 androgynous look so deliciously amazing. The British comedian was absolutely channeling The Thin White Duke in his massively successful (in the Philippines) pop duo Seona Dancing.
Gervais sang over slick, synth-heavy keyboards, and Seona Dancing quickly won their way into the hearts of Filipino teens with their two hit singles, “More To Lose” and “Bitter Heart.” (Before you go check: Yes, there are videos, and they are extremely Eighties.) “More To Lose” was so damn popular, in fact, that a Filipino radio station would deliberately introduce the song under a fake name in order to make it impossible for rival radio stations to get their hands on. Gervais says he doesn’t miss his time as a pop idol, preferring his podcasts, TV shows, and angry online arguments. So, you know, everything worked out in the end.
The choice represents a shakeup from the two hosting choices that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has repeatedly made over the last six years between Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey/Amy Poehler. What do you think of the new pick? 😱