2012 preview: The year in arts and culture
By Emily Christianson, Noelene Clark, Patrick Day, Lisa Fung, Nathan Jackson, Todd Martens, Lily Mihalik and Jevon Phillips
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Stephen Merchant premieres his stand-up show( HBO )
The pop-culture press will probably still be debating Ricky Gervais' hosting gig Jan. 15 at the Golden Globes when Merchant takes to the stage at Largo for a three-night, sold-out stand beginning Jan. 17. Merchant, Gervais' go-to collaborator and co-writer of "The Office" and "Extras," will step out on his own here in L.A., where he will be premiering his stand-up comedy show. A tour will follow.
Pictured: Merchant, left, with Karl Pilkington and Gervais on "The Ricky Gervais Show."