Comedian to get Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award

The Banff World TV Festival has tapped Ricky Gervais as this year’s recipient of the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award.

Gervais, coming off his recent stint as host of the Golden Globes, is getting the toon treatment in HBO’s “The Ricky Gervais Show.” Series, which premieres Feb. 19, uses material from the podcasts Gervais does with writing partner Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington and gives them an animated spin.

Annual Banff fest convenes June 13-16 in the Canadian Rockies. Confab gathers TV execs and budding producers from around the continent to discuss the current state of the small-screen biz.

Last year’s Ustinov winner was Mark McKinney of Canuck sketch comedy troupe Kids in the Hall. Other former recipients include Martin Short, Kelsey Grammer and John Cleese.

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