It has been a decade since
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s original version of The Office ended its
brief but brilliant run. Now Gervais has brought David Brent back in The Office
Revisited, a 10 minute video done for Red Nose Day, an All-Star BBC program
that is part of the UK’s Comic Relief fundraiser.
The video uses the same
mock-doc style as The Office, but now Brent is a part time music manager, “a
local Simon Cowell, better actually,” as he says, who takes his star act into a
recording studio. There Brent picks up a guitar and sings about the latest
woman to break his heart — “She’s the serpent who guards the gates of hell.” Nice.
When The Office morphed into its
American remake, Steve Carell brought a distinct kind of lovable narcissism to David
Brent’s counterpart, Michael Scott, but the U.S. version was always gentler
than the original. Brent was acerbically funny, every bit as self-delusional
as Scott but even blinder to his own lack of social awareness — not to mention racist and sexist blunders.
No wonder he insists here that he
and his act, a black rapper, become an Ebony & Ivory duo on Brent’s own song “Equality
Street.” Toward the end of this episode, they head off to make the music video. You can watch the result here.
Take a look at the brief
sequel that proves Gervais is still the ultimate master of sardonic wit.
Red Nose Day was also
responsible for one of the first and funniest Downton Abbey parodies; if you
missed that, catch it here.