Ricky Gervais jokes he’s ‘reported fans for hate crimes’ after they previewed his new stand up show
Refusing to rule in his famously controversial stand-up routines, Ricky Gervais jokes about his taboo topics as he previewed new material Wednesday night.
The comic, 60, performed at London’s Leicester Square Theater testing new content for its upcoming stand-up show entitled Armageddon.
Posted on Twitter after the show, Ricky joked that his audience had been “reported for hate crimes” for laughing at his jokes, weeks after Twitter’s “awakened brigade” accused him of hate crimes for his transgender material in his recent Netflix special.
Back to Stand Up: Ricky Gervais refuses to rule in his famously controversial stand-up routines, as he joked about his latest tour while previewing material Wednesday night
“Another great crowd at @lsqtheatre for my #Armageddon new material night,” Ricky wrote on Twitter.
“They laughed at things not to be laughed at and I reported them all for hate crimes. I’ll do more soon.’
The star also retweeted a series of free tweets about his latest material, with one calling him a “comedy genius” while another calling it “a breathtaking performance.”
On stage: The strip performed at Leicester Square Theatre, tested new content for its Armageddon show, and later tweeted about reporting its audience ‘for hate crimes’
Ricky previously admitted that he was “trying to get canceled” with Armageddon, revealing that he is eager to push the boundaries as far as possible with his highly anticipated return to stand-up comedy.
He told Heat: “I treat it like it’s my last ever. It won’t be, but I want to put everything in it. I want to try to cancel. No, I just want to go all out.
“It’s about the end of the world and how we’re going to destroy ourselves for all sorts of reasons, whether it’s media stupidity or the actual end of the world.”
Fans: The star has also retweeted a series of free tweets about his latest material, with one calling him a “comedy genius” while the other calling it “a breathtaking performance.”
Ricky’s SuperNature Jokes That Started A Twitter Row
Gervais mocking a debate about gender toilets, the joke begins: ‘They’re ladies, look at their pronouns. What about this person is not a lady?
“Well, his penis.”
“Her penis, you f****** bigot.”
“What is he raping me for?”
“What if SHE rapes you?”
He’s set his sights on a new branch of “woke comedy,” in which he says comics are required to sign a waiver before their sets promise not to say anything controversial, he jokes that he prefers American stand-up comedian Louis CK would see masturbating.
‘I can’t call him anymore. He has been cancelled,” he added.
Gervais later tells his audience, “You can’t predict what will be offensive in the future. You don’t know who the dominant crowd will be.
“Like, the worst thing you can say today, get canceled on Twitter, death threats, the worst thing you can say today is, ‘Women don’t have penises,’ right?”
“Well, nobody saw that coming. You won’t find a ten-year-old tweet that reads “Women don’t have penises.” You know why? We didn’t think we had to fucking do that!’
On Britain’s minorities and demographics, Gervais says: ‘We are 5 percent black, 5 percent Asian. 5 percent LGBT.
“I’m a white, heterosexual multimillionaire. We are less than one percent.
‘Am I silent? No. I do not mind’.
In another joke towards the end of the show where he denounces identity, Gervais says he supports trans rights — a comment that was greeted with cheers by a few members of the audience.
He adds: “Full disclosure. In real life, of course, I support trans rights. I support all human rights and trans rights are human rights.
Live your best life, use your favorite pronouns, be the gender you feel you are. But meet me half way ladies, disappear, that’s all I say.’
Last month, Ricky infuriated Twitter’s “awake” brigade after the broadcast of his Netflix special, SuperNature, which mocks cancellation culture with jokes about transgender people, Hitler and AIDS.
The comic kicks off the show by describing comedy to audiences as “basically a talking dude,” before deliberately not remembering “funny female comedians.” In one skit, he says, “The worst thing you can say today is, ‘Women don’t have penises,’ right?”
He refers to his transition to “Vicky Gervais” at one point.
The show sparked backlash from LGBT groups and saw Gervais charged with hate crimes.
Last month, the star defended his decision to joke about “taboo” topics, including Hitler and AIDS, saying he wants to take “smart” viewers to a place they’ve never been before.
Gervais appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and explained that he had added new material to the special, which he had taken on tour before the corona pandemic.
When asked if he had to change jokes due to a long tour break in lockdown, Gervais said: “It was always evolving.
‘There was a thought, ‘Will this be outdated?’ And then I realized that when you’re dealing with famine, AIDS, cancer, Hitler, those guys are always green. Yeah, so they’re not going to do that, they’re not dating.’
Colbert, 58, said, “There’s no audience that won’t love that.” ‘Boo! Not Hitler! It’s been a long time,’ Gervais said, laughing mockingly.
Colbert noted that people should know that they will be dealing with offensive topics during one of his shows.
“For example, you don’t go to a Ricky Gervais concert just to feel good,” Colbert said.
Gervais replied, ‘No, they feel good, and the goal is to make them laugh and they laugh too, but they know I’m dealing with taboo topics. But I cover taboo topics because I want to take the audience to a place where it hasn’t been before and there’s a tension.
“And I think people get offended when they confuse the subject of a joke with the actual target, and smart people know you can handle anything, especially if they’re dealing with something like irony.”
The creator of Office said he explains irony at the start of his new show.
Humor gets us over bad things. That’s why I laugh at terrifyingly bad things. You know, that’s why comedians are obsessed with death, because, you know, it gets us through… it’s an inoculation for the real things that are going to happen.”
‘Smart people don’t get offended’: Last month, the star defended his decision to joke about ‘taboo’ topics by saying he wants to take ‘smart’ viewers to a place they’ve never been before