Ricky Gervais will never tone down his act for the sake of popularity. The comedian, who made waves with his controversial remarks while hosting the Golden Globes, recently said that he just wants to make people laugh.
“There’s only so many nods and winks you can do to reassure people,” he said. I can’t go round doing anodyne comedy and trying to become a national treasure. Nothing bores me more. I don’t lose sleep over being popular; I lose sleep over knowing I did something wrong. And I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong. I like dealing with original subjects, taboo subjects, misunderstood subjects. I like to take the audience to places it hasn’t been before.”
Gervais recognizes that his brand of comedy may not be sustainable in the long term, and he’s okay with that: “I look at it in quite a Darwinian way. I’m going to do exactly what I want, and see if I survive.”
What do you think of Ricky Gervais’ approach to his comedy career?