Ricky Gervais spoke about irony and why some people find his humor offensive during a performance Tuesday night (May 17). The Late Show with Stephen Kolbert to promote his new Netflix special, super nature.
Gervais, known for his provocative comedy, has now spoken out multiple times about Chris Rock’s joke at the Oscars in March that resulted in him being slapped on stage by Will Smith.
“People get offended when they confuse the subject of the joke with the actual goal, and smart people know you can handle anything, especially when it involves something like irony.”The office Creator said Colbert. He had previously noted that the themes he covers in his stand-up include “famine, AIDS, cancer, Hitler” — “those guys are evergreen,” he said.
Gervais went on to say that he explains the concept of irony at the beginning of his new show “just to warn them, and then they understand.”
“Humor gets us over bad things,” Gervais said. “That’s why I laugh at frighteningly bad things. You know, that’s why comedians are obsessed with death, because it gets us through…it’s an inoculation to the real things that are going to happen.”
Gervais previously defended Rock, who made a joke at the expense of Jada Pinkett-Smith’s baldness, which caused the altercation with her husband.
“That was like the tamest joke I would have ever told,” Gervais wrote on Twitter after the event.
Later, in response to the Academy’s 10-year ban on visiting Smith at future Academy Awards, Gervais tweeted, “Hopefully he only lasts six years of good behavior.”
super nature will be released on Netflix on May 24th.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/news/ricky-gervais-special-supernature-stephen-colbert-b2082480.html SuperNature: Ricky Gervais says ‘smart people’ can handle irony: ‘Real life is worse’