Ricky Gervais flips his political stance to make his jokes better

Gregory Wakeman
Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais arrives at the 68th annual Golden Globes Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (GOLDENGLOBES-ARRIVALS)

Ricky Gervais has opened up about his writing process, admitting that he has absolutely no problem flipping his political stance depending on the joke. 

But Gervais told the New York Times that this often leads to people mistakenly believing that he has a huge issue with whoever he is making fun of. 

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After being asked whether or not he has to “look over [his] shoulder” because of his Golden Globes monologue earlier this year, Gervais responded, “No, the world hasn’t changed. No one looks at me differently. And I’ve got nothing against those people, really.”

“I think that’s the mistake people make: They think that every joke is a window to the comedian’s soul – because I wrote it and performed it under my own name, that that’s really me.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 04: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal Media, LLC, host Ricky Gervais speaks onstage during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal Media, LLC via Getty Images)

“And that’s just not true. I’ll flip a joke halfway through and change my stance to make the joke better. I’ll pretend to be right wing, left wing, whatever wing, no wing… I’ve got to be a court jester, but a court jester’s got to make sure that he doesn’t get executed as well.”

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Gervais pulled no punches in his Golden Globes monologue, making fun of Leonardo DiCaprio, Apple, and actors that use their speeches as a political platform. Telling them, “You're in no position to lecture the public about anything, you know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God and f*** off. OK?”

Gervais can now be seen in the second season of After Life, which has just been released onto Netflix, and has been met with relatively impressive reviews, as it has scored 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.