Why comedy never gets old for Ricky Gervais
Comedy never gets old
I was a late starter and he was my savior. I am sorry for the children who become famous at 18 years old. It’s a time bomb. I wrote the UK version of Office at 39 years old. He came out when I was 40 years old. Jane [Fallon, Gervaisâ partner of nearly four decades] and I was together for almost 20 years. I had friends. I have had life experiences. I knew who I was. I won awards and remember sitting in a tuxedo, drinking a glass of wine. I said to Jane, “Why didn’t I do it sooner?” She said, âBecause you wouldn’t have been good. ”
Bits and Bytes
I am so thankful for the technology, especially during COVID. The first pandemic – the plague – must have been terrible without Zoom. They would just throw you out of a window and into a barrel.
Life is as beautiful as it has ever been on the planet. When I was on tour once, I stayed in a castle and slept in the room where Henry VIII had slept. I was amazed, but I couldn’t access the internet because the walls were so thick. I started to complain. In a castle ! It was crazy. I had to stop and laugh at myself. We are the most spoiled people in history.
I didn’t say there was no god. I said I don’t believe in your god or any god. Technically, I am an agnostic atheist, as one deals with knowledge and the other with belief. I choose not to believe because I am conditioned to have a scientific perspective. I want proof before I believe anything. But if I show up at the pearly doors, I would like to think they would say, âYou are wrong. I would say, “Yeah, I’m embarrassed. They said, “Don’t be embarrassed. You’ve been good and we’d rather have a good atheist than a bad Christian, so come on in.
People! It’s a joke!
In good faith, you should try not to hurt someone with your comedy, but every joke reminds someone of something wrong, and someone will get mad. I made a joke on Twitter that sums it all up. Why did the chicken cross the road? Answer: F — you. My chicken was crushed yesterday! What can you do? You can’t stop your joke from reminding someone of something wrong. I can’t say, âDoes anyone know someone who has MS? Damn it. OKAY. I won’t do that one. Does anyone ever get sunburned? OKAY. I won’t do that one. Imagine that.
Leave politics out of it
I hate it when I hear âleftist actorâ or âright wing actorâ. I think we shouldn’t know which wing is a comedian. We shouldn’t be able to tell the jokes apart. People think that a joke is the window to the real soul of the actor. I’m pretending to be right wing, left wing, no wing if that makes the joke better. I’ll change a joke. I’ll go the other way around and play the wrong side of the coin, arrogantly, and people will understand. What’s so funny about having an actor come out and tell you exactly what he thinks? Where’s the joke?
Isn’t that rich?
It’s difficult now because everyone knows what comedians earn. So I can’t go out and pretend I’m in the mud with the other peasants laughing at the king. So, I try to get lower status in two ways. First, I let them look behind the curtain and say things like ‘When I met the Queen’ or ‘The first time I took a private jet someone thought I was a cook. . I let them see that it’s not just roses. I also point out the places where they are better off than me. I’m talking about being old, fat, and bald, and my testicles are stretched out, you know?
Distress the comfortable
All I want to do now, as I get older, is TV or stand-up. I don’t want to get more rewards or get richer or play in bigger arenas. I mean, “Am I the most honest I’ve ever been?” Am I the bravest I have ever been? The more controversial the joke, the better it must be. It must be bulletproof. So that’s what gives me an adrenaline rush now. How can I make everyone laugh about this? I think there can be no harm in discussing taboo subjects because I want to take the audience to a place where they have never been before. When I start a topic and feel the tension in the room, I love it. It’s like I went to the gym. It’s like a workout. I take them by the hand in a spooky forest and on the other side. They don’t like it until the end.
We can be heroes
I don’t let myself be intimidated, but some people have made me say, âI can’t believe this is my life. Like David Bowie. He agreed to be on my show Supplements. So I wrote the lyrics to the song that I wanted him to do and sent them, and then I called him, and I said âHiâ and he said, âOh, sorry, I’m eating a banana. What made me laugh so much! I also emailed her on her birthday once. Eight January. He was 57 years old. I said, “57? Isn’t it about time you had a good job? I signed it “Ricky Gervais, comedian, 42”. He returned a note. âI have a real job. David Bowie, god of rock, âwhich I found so funny.