Ricky Gervais will not be on Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio until January 2009, but Gervais will be performing in his first HBO stand-up comedy special, Out of England, which debuts Saturday, Nov. 15 (9 p.m. Eastern, 10 p.m. Pacific). So what better time to trot out a sneak peek at the interview with Gervais?

That’s not all. There’s also a lengthy 15-part online interview with Rotten Tomatoes. Reviews from the mainstream media have started coming in on his HBO special (New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times). My thoughts, already written after watching one of the tapings earlier this year at Madison Square Garden’s theater, remain mixed because I still wonder if presenting a "greatest hits" of bits is the best method of introduction to fans who already have seen these clips online. You can convince me, of course. After the jump, three highlights from his HBO special for you to judge for yourself.

'Ricky Gervais: Out of England' Sneak Peek: Humpty Dumpty
‘Ricky Gervais: Out of England’ Sneak Peek: Humpty Dumpty

'Ricky Gervais: Out of England' Sneak Peek: Charity
‘Ricky Gervais: Out of England’ Sneak Peek: Charity

'Ricky Gervais: Out of England' Sneak Peek: Spiders
‘Ricky Gervais: Out of England’ Sneak Peek: Spiders