RICKY Gervais’ writing partner Stephen Merchant will be appearing in St Albans later this year.

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The Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning co-creator of The Office and Extras will be heading out on his first ever stand-up comedy tour.

Stephen Merchant Live: Hello Ladies stops off at the Alban Arena on September 16.

Globally known for his collaborative work with Ricky Gervais, Bristolian Merchant has at last decided to take his stand-up talents on the road.

He actually started his career as a stand-up comedian and radio presenter at XFM, where he met Gervais.

“Most people don’t realise that I was a stand-up comedian before I met Ricky Gervais and his coat-tails,” said Stephen.

“Life can be lonely as a TV writer so this tour is a great opportunity for me to get out there and meet my fans. And make at least one of them my wife!”

Merchant, along with Gervais and Karl Pilkington, feature in the Guinness Book Of Records for having the most downloaded internet show of all time.

Their conversations have subsequently been animated for HBO cartoon series The Ricky Gervais Show, the second series of which will be airing on E4 later this month.

* Check the Alban Arena website for ticket details.

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