The comedian appeared on The One Show and explained that his sketches ‘don’t mean anything’ and he likes to discuss ‘taboo subjects’.
Chatting to the show’s hosts, Gervais said: “So I deal with everything. And I think we second guess the audience too much.”
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Referring to whether his audience can handle his jokes, he continued: “Of course they can. Real-life is much worse. These are just jokes. They don’t mean anything. They’re just for you to laugh for an hour or so. So that’s why I deal with taboo subjects.
“I think that’s what comedy is for, really—to get us through stuff, and I deal in taboo subjects because I want to take the audience to a place it hasn’t been before, even for a split second.
“Most offence comes from when people mistake the subject of a joke with the actual target. … [A stand-up] starts and they go, ‘What’s he going to say?’ I tell the joke. Phew, they laugh. It’s like a parachute jump – it’s scary, but then you land and it’s all okay.”
Gervais’ Netflix special sparked a backlash as it briefly focused on trans women.
At one point in the sketch, the 60-year-old said: “The new ones we’ve been seeing lately. The ones with beards and c***s. They’re as good as gold, I love them.”
Elsewhere in the show, he added: “Like, the worst thing you can say today – to get you cancelled on Twitter – the worst thing you can say today is, ‘Women don’t have penises,’ right?”
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