Contrarian comedian Ricky Gervais will crack jokes about AIDS, cancer and Hitler in his new Netflix special
Ricky Gervais is back with his latest stand-up comedy special, his first since Humanity, which hit Netflix in 2018.
The Supernature tour traveled around the world – in early 2019 it was postponed by several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic and finally concluded in 2021.
The After Life star said his performance evolved over the course of the tour as he continued to brush up on the material.
With the special just around the corner, Gervais will be targeting just about everyone with his brutal sense of humor.
What is “Super Nature” about?
The comedy special will see Gervais in his signature cancellation-bait form as he prances back and forth across the line between comedy and insult.
In the set, Gervais explains the rules of comedy, what irony is, and why telling dark jokes doesn’t mean you’re actually a terrible person.
Issues Gervais raised will appear in the special, including AIDS, Hitler, famine and cancer — he’s not exactly Michael McIntyre.
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Gervais said, “I delve into taboo subjects because I want to take audiences to a place they’ve never been before and there’s a tension.
“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.”
What else was Ricky Gervais in?
Gervais rose to fame in the early 2000s with his workplace sitcom The Office, which he wrote and starred as inappropriate and clueless boss David Brent.
Since then, Gervais has been involved in several hit comedy series including Extras, Derek and most recently After Life.
After Life follows Gervais’ character Tony, who cannot cope with the death of his partner and becomes a depressed, smug all-around disruptor.
More than 100 million households tuned in to After Life on Netflix over the three seasons.
He has also completed seven stand-up specials – Animals, Fame, Politics, Science, Out of England 1 and 2 and Humanity.
Gervais has also acted in several feature films, including the supernatural comedy Ghost Town, the romantic comedy The Invention of Lying, and The Office spinoff Daivd Brent: Life on the Road.
Gervais’s pugnacious comedy style, which is not known for holding back, was also used to surprise dozens of hapless A-listers during his tenure as host of the Golden Globes.
Gervais was also the mastermind behind “An Idiot Abroad,” in which he and Office co-writer Stephen Merchant sent Karl Pilkington to tropical locations – the couple crafting their vacation for maximum discomfort.
The comedian’s next project is another tour – Armageddon – which he says he wants to “try to get cancelled”.
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When is the Super Nature release date?
The stand-up special hits Netflix on May 24th.
Gervais’ 2018 standup special Humanity is available to watch on Netflix now.