Pilkington is a legend. Gervais can be so annoying and obnoxious though, does my head in.
Obnoxious? Probably. Arrogant? Possibly. That's just how he rolls though. He is a good guy deep down, he just embodies the awkward, obnoxious humour he created with The Office. He is the master at that stuff. A friend of mine met him in London a couple of years ago and he was very forthcoming and friendly.
The Office UK is without a doubt one of the funniest comedy tv shows ever made, it's in my top three of all time, but Gervais as his own character doing stand up and talking on pod casts just isn't my thing, I find him quite irritating.
I'm sure he is a nice enough guy in person, but on camera, unless he is playing a fictional character (his writing is genius)then he's just not really my cup of tea.
Next years Emmy and Golden Globe for best supporting actor are already locked up as far as I am concerned. Really though, he genuinly is a good actor. He sound just like when he gets pissed off in the podcasts/XFM shows.