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Ricky Gervais declares his love for his Irish fans after triumphant return to Dublin

A packed crowd were in attendance as Gervais made a triumphant return to Ireland on Monday night
Ricky Gervais is also up for an award (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Ricky Gervais is also up for an award (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Kevin Palmer

Ricky Gervais has declared his Irish fans are "the best" after he took centre stage to perform his SuperNature stand-up show in Dublin.

A packed crowd were in attendance as Gervais made a triumphant return to Ireland on Monday and Tuesday at the 3Arena, as he told the Sunday World this was one leg of his tour that he couldn't wait for.

“Whenever I do a stand-up show in Ireland, it is always the best audience on the tour and that’s partly because of the humour of the Irish people," Gervais told us.

"People can take offence at humour sometimes, but the Irish audience is always there to have fun. You have always been a nation that likes to have a laugh and we all need that right now."

Gervais will belatedly give his Irish fans the comedy night they were waiting for after his SuperNature shows were postponed due to the Covid crisis.

And while it may appear that modern-day life produces a nauseating daily stream of apologies from those who have fallen foul of constantly updated woke rules, Gervais is a master at breaking those guidelines.

This is one comedian that embraced the political correctness era and exposes the nonsense that lies behind it with each and every word on stage.

The mastermind behind TV classics The Office and After Life relishes the chance to push the boundaries of free speech and he does so with a genius that ensures an army of critics waiting for him trip him up have never forced him into a public apology for a misplaced joke.

"Lots of people will be offended by aspects of everything in life and maybe there are aspects of what I do that are a little close to the bone, but I don't think there is any subject in the world that you cannot make a joke out of or parody," he added.

"That fear of offending people is nonsense. The great thing about freedom of speech is you can say what you want and people can come back to you and say you are an arsehole.

"If you don't have freedom of speech, how can that happen. It's a good system.

"You need to understand why a joke is there. If it's innovative, thoughtful, changes the way you think about something, then you have done your job.

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"Not only do jokes need to be bullet proof now, but you also have to think about how people will react to them 10 years from now.

"As soon as you deal with a taboo subject, people say you shouldn't joke about that, but I disagree. It depends on the target of the joke and if the target is not going to be offended then there is no problem."

SuperNature is brilliantly ridiculous as Gervais touches on his uncomfortable medical examinations, how he is dealing with life now that he has toasted his 60th birthday and a series of topics most comedians would avoid for fear of being struck down by the apology police.

Once again, this maestro who mastered the art of embarrassing celebrities as he hosted the Golden Globe awards on numerous occasions hits the mark with his SuperNature tour that has already pulled in around €30million in ticket sales.

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On top of that, Netflix will pay Gervais a reported €18million for the screening rights to the show, with the success of their deal to screen his last stand-up effort, Humanity, proving to be a sound investment after some stunning viewing figures.

Now Gervais is serving up another comedy stand-up masterpiece and he will also be back on our TV screens soon, with the third series of his smash hit show After Life coming to Netflix soon.

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