I think Ricky Gervais is awesome. The Office (UK and US) is a great show. He does audio and video podcasts with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, which are very entertaining. I haven't seen much of his HBO series called "Extras," but I hear it's good.
I've been trying to decide what book I would read to Geena's 3rd grade class if I was invited in as a "Guest Reader."
I'm thinking about buying his children's book Flanimals to see if it would work. It looks creative and funny.