Ricky Gervais further questions his own mortality in an uncomfortable interview Britain’s “The One Show”.
The 60-year-old comedian appeared on the BBC chat show on Tuesday, where he opened up about his upcoming Netflix special ‘SuperNature’ as well as his future ‘death’.
Hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas asked Gervais about his comedy genre – and he called it “taboo”.
After their discussion, the conversation turned somber and morbid as Gervais said, “I’m fat and old and I’m going to die soon.”
Jones and Jenas were stunned by the statement, with Jones correcting him by exclaiming, “No, you’re not!”
“I am,” Gervais insisted, adding, “I brought it down, didn’t I?”
Jenas intervened: “Pick it up again.” Then Gervais answered bluntly: “Every day I’m closer to death.”
“Well, we’re all a little bit closer to death. Each day is a larger percentage of the rest of life and we don’t know what percentage that will be. If I die this morning, it was 50 percent,” Jones said.
Jenas then said, “I didn’t see that coming. This isn’t a part of the show that I thought would happen.”
The talk quickly switched to another topic and the ‘The Office’ actor shared with the audience what ‘SuperNature’ is about.
“I debunk the supernatural and conclude that nature is super enough. We don’t need unicorns, we have the octopus. It’s nature, humanity, warts and everything. The best and the worst of life,” said Gervais.
Gervais also responded to online critics who called his new special “transphobic.” The After Life creator said comedy should be used to help viewers move beyond taboo subjects “so they’re not scary anymore.”
“It’s like skydiving — it’s scary, but then you land and everything’s fine,” he said. “So I take care of everything. And I think we question the audience too much.”
“Real life is much worse,” he continued. “These are just jokes. They mean nothing. You’re just laughing for an hour or so.”
On his Netflix show, the controversial Emmy winner scoffed at the LGBTQ community. “I love the new women,” Gervais joked in a comment. “You’re great, aren’t you? The new ones we’ve seen lately. The ones with beards and C-Ks. They are as good as gold, I love them.”
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