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Garth Marenghi is a fictional horror author created by British comedians Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade , and played by Holness. The character has to date appeared in two successful stage shows Garth Marenghi's Fright Night and Garth Marenghi's Netherhead and a TV series for Channel 4 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.
The character of Garth Marenghi is self-important and displays not only a general ignorance of many subjects of which he claims knowledge (one boast made in both the stage shows and the TV series is that he has written more books than he's read), but also various other unpleasant traits including sexism and xenophobia. He is also utterly convinced of his own genius, not only as a writer but as an actor. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is based on the premise that Marenghi not only created and wrote the series, but also plays the central character, Dr. Rick Dagless, M.D. (sic). His wooden acting - and that of his co-stars - is one of the main running jokes in the series, alongside absurd plots and deliberately poor special effects.
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