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Ricky Gervais cashes in on comedy podcast hit

Ricky Gervais, the English comedian behind the BBC’s and NBC’s “The Office,” is cashing in on his top-rated comedy podcast by signing a deal to sell future episodes through the iTunes Music Store and Audible.com. Seasons two and three of Gervais’s “The Ricky Gervais Show” will be sold for $1.95 per show or $6.95 for the entire season of at least four weekly episodes, plus a free sneak preview.

“The Ricky Gervais Show revolves around the comic dialogue of Gervais, his long-time creative partner Stephen Merchant and ‘hapless producer’ Karl Pilkington,” reads a description of the show. “First launched in December 2005, the show has quickly become a global phenomenon, having gained unprecedented popularity. The show averaged more than 260,000 weekly downloads in only its first month and was recently awarded the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s most-downloaded podcast, having reached 2.9 million cumulative downloads in just over two months”

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For some reason people these days think that everything online should be free. I guarantee that if any of you were on the podcast you’d want to get paid for it. You have to write, rehearse, travel to studio, pay for distributions, overheads etc. Why is god’s name would you want to just give it away. Pirate it if you want but dont complain about them charging for it…they gave it away for free at the beginning and now they are charging - a simple and effective and common, everyday marketing technique that furthers their careers and makes you laugh. Everyone should be a winner in this but why complain because they’re charging??? Dont understand that…

Posted by Jonathan on September 28, 2008 at 11:08 AM (CDT)

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