When Billy Gervais, the actor, actor, comedian and author, finally met his maker, it was almost a miracle.
When he did meet him, it wasn’t the man who gave him his first job as an actor, but the man he turned into a father figure, and that man was his wife of 35 years, Pippa Evans.
Evans, who also happens to be a comedian, made the announcement on her Facebook page on Thursday, and it was not the first time the couple had been on the same page.
The couple had first met in the 1970s, when they were both living in London and working at the London School of Economics.
Evans, a well-known comic, began hosting a weekly podcast, The Big Fat Surprise, and Gervains work as a comic writer in the same year.
But the relationship would take on more and more importance as Gervain, a writer on Gervas best-selling book The Big Sleep, became more and a larger part of Gerv’s life.
In the 1990s, Gervis book The Art of Manliness was published, and Evans began working on a follow-up, The Art Of The Man.
That book was set in a time when men were expected to take on the masculine mantle and be the breadwinners, and she began to see a way to include men in the book’s themes.
EvANS book also brought her into conflict with the literary community.
Gervase had become one of the main antagonists in a book called Men’s Studies: A History Of A Female World by Richard Dawkins and Michael Kimmel, which had been criticised for failing to acknowledge the oppression of women.
In his book, Dawkins called Evans “a hero to many” and accused her of not giving men a voice, and said he didn’t want to be called an “author of men’s studies”.
Evans response was that Dawkins had made up his mind, and he was wrong.
He had made the wrong choice.
Gervais first met Evans when they co-hosted the podcast.
Evans was still working at London’s LSE when she joined the podcast, and they started a series of conversations and then a book together called The Big Sleeper.
They then worked together on the books Manliness, Man’s Destiny and The Man And His Woman, as well as the film Man and the Dog.
After that, Gellas book The Great Man-Centered Man was published in 1991, and the book also included a chapter on women in the manosphere.
Evans took a leave of absence from The Big Show to concentrate on the book, and in 1994, Evans went on to host The Man and The Girl, a radio show on BBC Radio 4, and eventually became one of Britains leading male commentators on the internet.
She has also been a regular guest on The Andrew Marr Show, The Tonight Show, Talk Talk, Radio 4 and The Andrew Neil Show, and her book The Man Who Was The First To Write About Women’s Sexuality has been a bestseller.
In 2005, Gollas book on men’s history was released, and then she went on The Daily Show and interviewed Gerv, who wrote about the role of women in his book Man and His Woman.
In 2016, Evans became one the most talked-about guests on The Late Late Show.
But she wasn’t done yet.
Evans went back on the podcast and she spoke to the man of the hour and he talked about how he saw himself in Evans.
She also spoke about how she had been an outsider for a long time.
After the conversation, the host asked Evans to do an interview on his show and she accepted, and so did Gerv.
When the show returned in 2020, they talked about her book, The Man Without Fear, and how they talked to her about the struggles women faced in the industry.