Ricky Gervais returning to stand-up comedy: “I think it will be my angriest yet"

“I don’t care any more. I’ve realised that nothing can affect you. All the criticism – sticks and stones – it doesn’t matter..."

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Ricky Gervais returning to stand-up comedy: “I think it will be my angriest yet"
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Claire Webb

The first full series of Ricky Gervais' new comedy-drama Derek has yet to air and he started filming The Muppets sequel only yesterday. Even so, the comedian is already planning his next project.

“I want to start a new stand-up show because I haven’t done a tour since [his 2009 show] Science,” he told RadioTimes.com today.

“I think it will be my angriest yet. I don’t care any more. I’ve realised that nothing can affect you. All the criticism – sticks and stones – it doesn’t matter... I don’t feel bulletproof that I’ll never make a mistake or that I’ll always command the biggest fee. I feel bulletproof in that if I get my own way I’ll be happy with the product.”

Gervais said that the title of the standup show will be "humanity". “It’s an excuse to be pompous. I chose it because the character I play on stage – it’s like I know everything. So I go out there and it’s like I’m teaching [the audience] a lesson and of course I get things wrong.”

He also revealed that he’s making a special of Life’s Too Short – which will broadcast on BBC1 at Easter – and planning a second series of Derek.

“Whether [C4] want it or not I’m doing another six.”

Derek starts on Wednesday 30 January on Channel 4, 10pm

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