Comedian Ricky Gervais declared he wants to "try and get canceled" through his new stand-up show "Armageddon," Yahoo Entertainment reported.
"I’m treating it like it’s my last one ever. It won’t be, but I want to put everything into it. I want to try and get canceled ... I just want to go all out there," Gervais said, according to the outlet, which cited Heat magazine.
The relentlessly irreverent 60-year-old added his new show is "about the end of the world and how we’re going to destroy ourselves for lots of reasons, whether it’s media stupidity or the actual end of the world," Yahoo Entertainment reported.
Interestingly, a little more than a year ago Gervais vowed never to fall victim to cancel culture, saying during a podcast it's akin to "road rage."
"What is being canceled? It's having no platform. And what can they do to me? Who's gonna cancel me? Twitter? YouTube?" the British comic noted. "If I have to, I'll go to Hyde Park and stand up on a bench and shout s**t."
No limits in comedy
And in a Monday interview with the Wall Street Journal, Gervais explored the idea of whether comedy should have limits — and, you guessed, he said "no."
“There’s no subject you shouldn’t joke about,” he told the Journal. “It depends on the joke. As a journalist, there’s nothing you wouldn’t write about. It depends on your angle, right? I think a lot of this pious offense comes from people mistaking the target of the joke with the subject. You can joke about anything, but it depends on what the actual target is. If you use irony and people see that at face value and think you’re saying one thing, but you’re actually saying the opposite."
Gervais added to the paper that "even the critical thinkers, if it’s a subject that’s personal to them, they can’t see the wood for the trees, they can’t see objectively. People laugh at 19 of the terrible subjects I joke about, but not the 20th because that affects them.”
The Journal also asked him about his reaction to “the Golden Globes being essentially reduced to a live blog this year." And Gervais — who shocked many with his take-no-prisoners monologue that massacred left-wing celebrity culture during the 2020 iteration of the awards show — replied that he doesn't watch such programming.
'How dare he insult the most important people in the world?'
“The only time I’ve ever seen an awards show was one that I’m at,” he told the paper. “I’m either winning or losing an award or presenting it. They’re fun for the industry, you know? The first time I [hosted] the Golden Globes — I did it five times over 10 years — it was palpable. People were going, 'Who does he think he is? How dare he insult the most important people in the world?' Over that 10-year period, the world changed. By the last time I did it, it was very different. I kept doing my thing and now people were going, ‘Yeah, give it to them. We hate celebrities. We’re tired of being told what to do by people with everything. We’re tired of being told to recycle when we know they got there in their private jet or limo.'”
Here's a look back at Gervais' unforgettable address to the glittery and glamorous that night two years ago. (Content warning: Language):
Ricky Gervais – Golden Globes 2020 (Uncensored, HD) youtu.be
(H/T: The Daily Wire)