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Saturday 20 September 2014

Ricky Gervais: I point and laugh

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais often points at people and says, "F**k me, look at him," - just for a few laughs.

The British actor-and-comedian is famed for his below the belt jokes and has been known to offend with his witty remarks. Ricky thinks having a sense of humour is the most important thing and can't stand it when people take themselves too seriously.

"I think it's that, when you're growing up, a sense of humour is everything. If you had a sense of humour, you were bulletproof. And you'd get a pat on the back for taking a joke or coming back with something funnier. What you didn't get a pat on the back for was being boring or losing your rag. The only people I feel uncomfortable around are people who haven't got a sense of humour," he told Shortlist magazine.

"We go walking, just pointing at people in the street, going, 'F**k me, look at him.' We don't mean it; we're just making each other laugh. But with real friends, it goes beyond just humour. When someone dies, you've got to be able to call them up. That's why there are so few real friends - there are lots of boxes to tick."

Ricky stars alongside Karl Pilkington in The Ricky Gervais Show, which also features his long-time collaborator Stephen Merchant.

The star has joked about having a hold over supposedly dim-witted Karl.

"Actually, a really nice, posh bloke came up to us the other day. He didn't even look at Karl, but he said to me, 'Excuse me, I'm an enormous fan of his, do you mind if I take a picture of him?' Like Karl was my dog or something. I said, 'Why are you asking me?'" Ricky laughed.

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