Ricky Gervais is a British comedian best known for co-writing and co-directing the television series The Office. He co-created the popular mockumentary television series The Office with his friend Stephen Merchant. Gervais also created the sitcom Extras for both the BBC and HBO. In 2005, his video podcast, The Ricky Gervais Show, became one of the most popular downloads on the Internet. Gervais has also written children's books, including Flanimals.