Comedian Ricky Gervais' meteoric rise to international fame continues apace - his celebrated David Brent character has been invited to appear on hit TV show The Simpsons.

The British funnyman has become a star in America following his show THE OFFICE's shock double win at the Golden GlobeS last month (JAN04), and now his 'boss from hell' creation is to feature on the massively successful animated show.

A source on the programme is quoted in the British press as saying, "America has gone David Brent crazy. Matching him and HOMER (Simpson) will be comedy genius - a perfect pairing."

02/02/2004 01:55