Comedy, when done well, can help us tackle even the darkest subjects.
Ricky Gervais is known as one of the most shocking comedians. From his antics at the Golden Globes to his hit British shows like The Office and Extras, Gervais has never shied away from controversy. That’s why his new show, After Life, has drawn in viewers. It’s got shocking aspects like suicide and cancer jokes, but the audiences stayed for a stunning and compassionate portrait of people.
And that’s the way Gervais likes it. Check out his recent interview with Capital FM:
The show is about newspaper writer Tony Johnson, whose life is turned upside down after his wife dies from breast cancer. He thinks about suicide but instead decides to spend his life punishing the world for his wife’s death by saying and doing whatever he wants regardless of how it makes other people feel. It’s laugh-out-loud funny.
Gervais told Brinkwire, “There is no subject that you should avoid discussing or making jokes about. It is contingent on how it is carried out.”
Author: Jason Hellerman
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