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Ricky Gervais jokes about Netflix special SuperNature being delayed due to coronavirus pandemic

While promoting his COVID-delayed comedy special SuperNature on Tuesday, Ricky Gervais joked about wondering if the upcoming Netflix show was “stale.”

The 60-year-old English comedian was asked during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert if he had to change jokes because of a long break from touring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It has always evolved. There was a thought, ‘Will this be obsolete?’ And then I realized that if you’re dealing with hunger, AIDS, cancer, Hitler, these guys are evergreen,” Gervais quipped.

Netflix special: Ricky Gervais, while promoting his COVID-delayed comedy special SuperNature on Tuesday, joked about wondering if the upcoming show was

Netflix special: Ricky Gervais, while promoting his COVID-delayed comedy special SuperNature on Tuesday, joked about wondering if the upcoming show was “stale”.

“Yeah, so they won’t, they don’t date,” he added.

“There’s no audience that won’t love this,” said Colbert, 58.

‘Boo! Not Hitler! It’s been a long time,’ said Gervais jokingly, and laughed.

“Get over it!” Colbert added, also breaking down in tears.

Pandemic project: The 60-year-old English comedian was asked during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert if he had to change jokes because of a long break from touring because of the coronavirus pandemic

Pandemic project: The 60-year-old English comedian was asked during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert if he had to change jokes because of a long break from touring because of the coronavirus pandemic

Good times: Colbert broke out while interviewing Gervais on the CBS talk show

Good times: Colbert broke out while interviewing Gervais on the CBS talk show

Colbert noted that people need to know they will be forced to confront offensive topics on one of his shows.

“For example, you don’t go to a Ricky Gervais concert just to feel good,” Colbert said.

“No, they feel good and the goal is to make them laugh and they laugh, but they know I’m dealing with taboo subjects. But I delve into taboo subjects because I want to take audiences to a place they’ve never been before, and there’s a tension,” Gervais said.

Long-running comedy:

Long-running comedy: “It’s always evolved. There was a thought, ‘Will this be obsolete?’ And then I realized that if you’re dealing with hunger, AIDS, cancer, Hitler, these guys are evergreen,” Gervais quipped

“And I think people get offended when they confuse the subject of a joke with the actual goal, and smart people know that you can handle anything, especially when it comes to something like irony,” Gervais.

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 frighteningly bad things. You know, that’s why comedians are obsessed with death, because it gets us through. … It’s an inoculation for the real things that are going to happen,” Gervais said.

Taboo subjects:

Taboo subjects: “But I delve into taboo subjects because I want to take audiences to a place they’ve never been before, and there’s a tension,” Gervais said

Gervais began working on SuperNature in 2018, and Colbert also asked how long it typically takes to put a show together.

“Well I like 40 or 50 or even more warm ups and then I go on tour and I do maybe 150 gigs. So I warmed up, I started playing gigs late 18-19 and it stopped at the end of February and started again in July 21 and I finished it,” said Gervais.

Gervais also said the show is titled SuperNature because it’s trying to “debunk the supernatural.”

Pandemic delays: Gervais began working on SuperNature in 2018, and Colbert also asked how long it typically takes to put a show together

Pandemic delays: Gervais began working on SuperNature in 2018, and Colbert also asked how long it typically takes to put a show together

“I don’t believe in anything supernatural. I believe that everything that exists is, by definition, part of nature and explainable. If not now, then someday,” said Gervais.

“And SuperNature, because I think nature is super enough. I don’t need angels and unicorns, I have the platypus,” said Gervais.

“It’s pretty strange,” said Colbert.

SuperNature title:

SuperNature title: “I don’t believe in anything supernatural. I believe that everything that exists is, by definition, part of nature and explainable. If not now, then eventually,” Gervais said while explaining the title of his upcoming Netflix special

‘It’s a fact. I actually talk about animals quite a bit. Animals fascinate me. The platypus is a monotreme and produces eggs and milk. And I’m saying it could make its own pudding,” Gervais said.

“It also produces its own venom from a fang on the back of its leg. So it could be a poison pudding,” added Colbert.

“A Poison Pudding, that’s your next novel,” Gervais quipped.

SuperNature will be available on Netflix on May 24th.

Animal lover: “That's a fact.  I actually talk about animals quite a bit.  Animals fascinate me.  The platypus is a monotreme and produces eggs and milk.  And I'm saying it could make its own pudding,

Animal lover: “That’s a fact. I actually talk about animals quite a bit. Animals fascinate me. The platypus is a monotreme and produces eggs and milk. And I’m saying it could make its own pudding,” Gervais said

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