Ricky Gervais details plans for new Netflix special
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Ricky Gervais details plans for new Netflix special

Following the resounding success of his recent stand-up specials, Ricky Gervais has rolled out his plan for a follow-up to Armageddon. The tour will take the comedy veteran around the world between late 2024 and 2025, with a full set of dates yet to be confirmed. 

While details about specific showed and the expected content are still under wraps, Gervais is still working on the material, but he has announced the title as Mortality. The award-winning comedy writer explored the theme of mortality through an emotionally resonant yet hilarious lens in his comedy serials Derek and After Life

The tour will last around 14 months, during which Netflix camera crews will film. They will choose the best performance footage to immortalise the show in another Netflix stand-up special, following the profitable yet divisive shows Humanity, Supernature, and Armageddon

After confirming the special’s title in a new press release, Gervais added a brief explanation. “We’re all gonna die. May as well have a laugh about it,” he says. “Mortality looks at the absurdities of life. And death. Bring it on.” As ever, this title suggests the primary focus, but with an exploration of life and death, we can expect this comical monologue to take us practically anywhere. 

While we await confirmation on the official tour dates for 2024-25, Gervais is undertaking some work-in-progress shows as he shapes Mortality in front of a sounding board. Gervais kicks off with a performance at Cambridge’s Corn Exchange on July 1st, before seven additional dates booked throughout July in Woking, London and Crawley. 

Gervais is known for his uncompromising expression of a sociopolitical viewpoint that stands at odds with the modern trends often described as tokenism. Following a round of criticism for his close-to-the-bone content in Armageddon last year, Gervais responded on the Headliners podcast. 

“I can play to a million people; I won’t get a complaint,” he said. “As soon as it goes on Netflix or as soon as someone writes up a joke that says this is offensive, people go, ‘Oh, that’s offensive.’ They haven’t even heard the joke.”

The comedian is rarely affected by those who criticise his approach and often suggests that those who are offended simply don’t understand the joke. “They weren’t there. Ignore them,” he added. “They don’t count. They have no effect on me. They don’t count. They’re hecklers.”