Ricky Gervais to receive Banff gong

The three-time Golden Globe award winner joins previous winners John Cleese and Kelsey Grammer to receive his gong at the glitzy three-day Banff World Television Festival in Alberta, Canada, from June 13.

"This is probably the greatest honour of my career - only the Nobel Peace Prize can top this, but I will only accept that in person if the ceremony is held somewhere as beautiful as Banff; I think they Fedex, luckily," joked the funnyman.

Peter Vamos, executive director of the festival, said Ricky - who created award-winning series The Office and Extras - deserved the gong for being the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin.

He added: "We could think of not one funny man so deserving of this prestigious award this year, than Ricky Gervais. The Office is the most critically acclaimed sitcom of all time and Gervais' worldwide influence in the comedy industry is unparalleled."

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