Gervais in space | Ricky offered the chance to be the first stand-up in space

Gervais in space

Ricky offered the chance to be the first stand-up in space

comedyA bunch of billionaires clubbed together to launch Ricky Gervais into space.

The After Life creator says he was offered the chance to be the first comedian to perform stand-up in space once sub-orbital travel becomes a reality.

Talking to Jimmy Fallon on his US TV show, Gervais said:  ‘I was offered one of these things where you go up into space for 15 minutes and it was like a group of billionaires and they offered me the chance to be the first comedian to do a stand up show in space. I went no, I am not going to risk it.

He also suggested a stand-up gig was the last thing space tourists would want.

‘These people have paid $300,000 to go into space and have a look around. And then they go there and it’s Ricky Gervais doing 10 minutes. They can watch me on YouTube,’ he said. ‘And now they have blown $300,000? Look out the window!’

As the old gag goes: that’s the problem with gigs in space - no atmosphere.

Published: 11 Jan 2021

What do you think?

Live comedy picks

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.