Comedian, actor and former XFM presenter Ricky Gervais has signed up with American satellite broadcaster SiriusXM to host a one hour weekly radio show on Comedy Greats Channel 94.
“Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius” starts on October 24 and guests so far will include musician Noel Gallagher and scientist Richard Dawkins, but will only be available to subscribers in the US.
“I started out in radio, and SiriusXM made me an offer to return that I couldn’t refuse,” Gervais said. “With 32 million subscribers, editorial control, my own playlist and absolute freedom of speech, it’s the perfect platform for me, and hopefully the listener too.”
“Ricky Gervais is undoubtedly one of the most uniquely talented comedians in the game,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “Whether he’s starring in a beloved television show, delivering raucous stand-up before a crowd of 20,000, or skewering celebrities at an awards show, the bottom line is that Ricky is a compelling performer whose legion of fans is only growing. We’re ecstatic that he’s bringing those many talents to SiriusXM, where he’ll tackle some of life’s big mysteries, while he charms and enlightens our more than 32 million subscribers nationwide.”
Ricky Gervais started in radio at XFM but is better known for his stand-up tours and television shows.
His fans in the US can now get a weekly dose of Ricky on Comedy Greats channel 94, as well as via SiriusXM On Demand, through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices. SiriusXM also recently announced that its 200+ channels, including Comedy Greats, are now also available for streaming to SiriusXM subscribers nationwide with Amazon Alexa.