Image Credit: Nicola Dove/HBO; Inset: Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesIt was recently announced that Office creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are at work on a new sitcom called Life’s Too Short, starring Warwick Davis, the British actor best known for Willow, the Harry Potter movies, and being unceremoniously kicked to ground by Gervais in the Daniel Radcliffe episode of Extras. Yesterday, Gervais called from London to give us the lowdown on his latest project.
“It’s a single camera sitcom following the trials and tribulations of ‘Warwick Davis, showbiz dwarf,'” explained the comedian. “Warwick is playing a twisted version of himself. He’s quite conceited and arrogant and manipulative. And he runs a [small person] talent agency, which he does in real life. Me and Steve Merchant pop up as ourselves, just to add some realism. Warwick comes round and says, ‘Doing any more Extras? Got any work?’ And we go, ‘Ooh, no, not really.’ And we try to get rid of him. It’s fantastic. We did some casting today. I’m off to America for some shows and then I come back after that and we shoot a little pilot, just like we did with The Office ten years ago, and then we’ll see.”
Sounds like a winner to me. But what do you think? Could Life’s Too Short be another comedy classic as good as the UK version of The Office and Extras? Or have Gervais and Merchant set the bar too, well, high?