His recent stand-up Humanity – which you can check out on Netflix – is brilliant, and basically showcases him ranting about outrage culture, offence, not having kids and generally being a cynical, cantankerous old git.
It’s a position he really does seem to have embraced as he’s gotten older, playing basically this version of himself in another Netflix special After Life.
The show received widespread acclaim upon release, which shows his character Tony deal with grief following the death of his wife.
It’s funny, warm, moving, poignant and perhaps most importantly of all, real.
And we’re getting a second season by the looks of it.
Speaking about his gratitude for the overwhelmingly positive response to the show, Gervais took to Twitter to say he’ll take the energy forward with him as he writes season two.
In the tweet he wrote:
“Once again, I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your amazing tweets about After Life. I’ve never had a reaction like it. I have a spring in my step as I skip towards writing series two.”
As I say, the series’ focus on morality, the grief of losing loved ones and mortality really struck a chord with audiences, especially during the emotional final episode.
One person wrote: “At times it has you smiling and at times it cuts deep, over the course of approximately 3hrs in its entirety it emulates real life and subjective anguish in a way I never thought possible. It’s the message the world needs right now.”
Gary Lineker wrote: “Just binge-watched #Afterlife. It’s just gorgeous. Deeply poignant, thought-provoking, joyful and, of course, hilarious. Laughed a lot, but [expletive] you @rickygervais for making me cry.” while Steve Carell added: “#AfterLifeNetflix. Wow. Just terrific. Incredibly funny and deeply moving. Congratulations @rickygervais.”
There’s no word yet on when season two will be out, though, so we’ll just have to sit tight and wait.
Hopefully Tony will be a bit more upbeat this time around. Only a bit though.
Oh, and you can watch Ricky talk about the series when we sat down with him earlier this month.
Images via Netflix