Ricky Gervais Is Back as the World’s Most Contemptuous Pitchman for Optus

Giving even less of a damn in two new spots

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Australian broadband and cable company Optus has brought back Ricky Gervais for two more ads in which he absolutely, positively couldn't give a damn about what he's pitching.

That's the plot of the spots, actually—the same contemptuously meta approach that Optus took earlier this year when it first used the British comedian as a kind of anti-pitchman. Oddly, those earlier ads were a bit more engaging—the new ones don't have quite the same punch. (Maybe he took the idea too seriously.) Still, they're good for a chuckle, as Gervais delivers the goods in his trademark stupidly arrogant David Brent style.

Here are the two new ads:

"The first Ricky piece released earlier this year delivered over 8 million streams with record sharing levels. The audience enjoyed it and wanted more," says Charlie Leahy, executive creative director at agency Emotive. "This follow-up once again allows Ricky to take control of the scripts and deliver it with his globally renowned comedy style. It was a privilege to work in a true collaboration with Ricky and the team at Optus on this content campaign."

Check out the earlier Optus spots here:

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.
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