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The Extra List: 10 Unexpected Facts about Ricky Gervais

Acerbic funnyman Ricky Gervais is gearing up to host the 2012 Golden Globes for the third time, and Hollywood is eagerly anticipating how he'll make fun of them!

"Extra" knows these three things about the show: 1) Gervais does not have to submit his material to producers beforehand; 2) He will be drinking beer; 3) He's going to tweet from backstage the whole night, completely uncensored.

Here are 10 fascinating facts about the British comedian!

Fun Facts about Ricky Gervais

Happy Childhood

Gervais has stated that his upbringing and childhood were stable and trauma-free, with a high level of honesty and openness between his family members. He claims that his family, "much like 'The Waltons,'" made fun of each other regularly.

Musical Aspirations

Ricky was in a music group in the early 1980s called Seona Dancing. They released two singles, "Bitter Heart" and "More to Lose," but had no success.

Don't Be Late

"I hate lateness. I hate people who are late. There is no excuse for turning up late for anything. I've never been late for anything in my life. I was actually born a week premature, because I wanted to be early for my own birth. Being late is an insult to me."

Radio Days

Gervais took a job as "Head of Speech" at Xfm London and hired longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant as his assistant. During the interview at a local pub, Merchant agreed to do "all the boring stuff" because of his experience in media studies, while Gervais "mess[ed] around."

Ricky the Boxer?

In 2002, Gervais took part in a charity boxing match against entrepreneur Grant Bovey. The fight was televised by the BBC, and Gervais came out on top in a split decision. The comedian later said that the experience was the "most difficult thing" he had ever done.

Author, Author!

Gervais released a children's book called "Flanimals" in 2004. The sequel, "More Flanimals," was released in 2005.

To Be or Not to Be...

Ricky has a degree in philosophy.

Spiders... Ack!

Gervais suffers from arachnophobia.

'Life's Too Short'

In his BBC series "Life's Too Short," Gervais, Stephen Merchant and actor Warwick Davis make serious guy Liam Neeson a funny dude. Watch!

Gollum, Schmollum

[On the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy]: "I don't like all this stupid Gollum begat Wobblo and the Oompa Loompas and. . . . Oh Jesus Christ! There was too much "Oh, God, here come the gloodloys." Christ almighty, what are they talking about?!"

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