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Making comedies is therapy for Ricky Gervais

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Creating comedies is Ricky Gervais' therapy because he can relax knowing he brought his vision to life.

The British funnyman is well known for his hit TV shows including the U.K. version of The Office, Derek, and Extras, but he has also written, directed and starred in a number of movies including The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction and Special Correspondents.

Ricky admits he's always got a stream of ideas popping into his head for his next project, so it is therapeutic for him to actually get one into production and in front of audience, because then he can finally relax.

"I think it is (like therapy)," he tells Deadline. "Because when I come up with an idea, I stand up and my heart goes faster and I think, 'I can do that.' I go for a run and it’s like I have to come down from an idea. It is therapy for me, yeah. If I finish one thing and I relax, I have another idea because I’m relaxed.

"It doesn’t get more exciting than when you first have an idea in your head, and you work on it and then you cast and you see it happen; you build the world. I couldn’t not do it."

Ricky says he is working through a backlog of ideas and he has five projects he would work on right away but he has put them on hold to go on a stand-up tour.

He notes his projects usually deal with "excruciating social faux pas", such as characters having an existential crisis, because this is the type of subject he knows how to write well, adding, "I wouldn’t know where to start with Game of Thrones or something."

Currently, Ricky is gearing up for the release of David Brent: Life on the Road, in which he reprises his role from The Office. It hits U.K. cinemas on 19 August (16) before being streamed on Netflix in the U.S.

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