I jest, but I certainly empathise with his current apathy towards offence and outrage culture. I’m glad comedians like him aren’t pandering to the people who basically want a blanket ban on all jokes about taboo matters.
Recently, Gervais starred in After Life, a Netflix series that centers around Tony (Gervais), a middle-aged journalist whose “perfect life” has been thrown into chaos after his wife dies of cancer.
After contemplating taking his own life, Tony decides instead to do whatever he likes from now on, which sees him encounter all sorts of weird folk.
It’s both touching and funny, and it went down a storm with audiences.
Unsurprisingly, a follow up is on the way, with After Life 2 focusing on what happens to Tony when he discovers there’s things around him that make life worth living.
Holding a picture of the completed script in all its glory on Twitter, the comedian wrote: ‘Finished. 5 weeks till filming. #AfterLife2’
And as Variety report, season 2 – which will consist of 6 episodes – is set for a 2020 release.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix said:
“After Life has moved audiences from laughter to tears around the world and we are thrilled to announce that Ricky Gervais will be back with a second season on Netflix.
“We are so proud to play host to Ricky’s brilliant stand up comedy, specials, original films and series and join in the joy of the fans with his latest hit.”
Back in March, Gervais confirmed that he’d already started offering up some ideas for what a second season would look like.
He said: “I always do that just in case I die!
“Now I’ve thought about it, and I really would like to do a second series because I fell in love with the characters and I’ve got an idea of where it can go.
“The second series is always better. Usually because you know the actors.
“There’s a little clue at the end of series one when he says, ‘I’m just going to use my superpower for good’. He can still be an a**hole, and just enjoy it more.”
Shortly after, he also revealed that everyone from the first season will be back for the follow-up – well apart from Julian, because, you know, he died.
He broke the news in a GAQ post on Facebook.
He said: “I cast the show in my head as I was writing it. Luckily, everyone said ‘yes’. And, yes, they’re all back for season 2. Except Julian, RIP.”
The post read: “The dog is a German Shepard called “Anti”. I called her “Brandy” in the show because I wanted a more traditional name that sounded a bit like her real one so that she would respond during filming. The dog will not die in series 2. I promise.
“The show was filmed in Old Hemel, Beaconsfield, and Hampstead to create the fictional little town of Tambury. The beach was Camber Sands. It was the best English summer of my adult life.
“I really did eat the vegetable curry from the can and the watery Weetabix. The fish fingers were vegan and I could tell that the kid didn’t like them. The joint with heroin in it was made from raspberry leaves.
“I only called the kid a tubby little ginger c*nt in my close up when he wasn’t around.
“I started writing the series in the summer of 2017 while on tour with Humanity. The seed of the idea was ‘Imagine if you lost everything and didn’t care about anything anymore. You could do what the fuck you wanted’.
“I chose all the music from my personal collection. I’ve never been able to do this before without compromise as I’ve never had such a good budget.”
It’s a fantastic show and here’s hoping the follow-up can reach the same heights.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. Since then, he has honed his writing skills over the course of various sex related articles. Now, at the tender age of 26, he’s finally finished experimenting with (on) himself.