Listen to the pair discussing Karl Pilkington and the Elephant Man ahead of Friday's appearance at 4pm

Listen to an exclusive preview of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s appearance on NME Radio now on NME.COM.

The pair will be on NME Radio on air on Friday (April 23) from 4pm (BST), but you can hear an exclusive clip now from their chat with the station’s Jon Hillcock.

To hear Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant head to the NME Radio blog now.

In the preview you can hear the duo discussing the reaction of their sidekick, the infamous Karl Pilkington, to seeing the film The Elephant Man for the first time.

Tune in for the full show in from 4pm on Friday by heading to Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727, DAB nationwide or NME.COM/radio.

In the chat the pair, who were among the first people ever to appear on the station, test their music knowledge and talk about their new series which starts on Channel 4 this week.

They also discuss their new film Cemetery Junction and their start as well as revealing more about Pilkington.

Meanwhile, Gervais has announced a series of new London stand-up dates taking place at the Hammersmith HMV Apollo between September 6 and 11.

To check the availability of Ricky Gervais tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.