“Global warming is entirely our fault”
The comedian made the jab during a secret comedy show, where he teased some of his new tunes
Ricky Gervais has slammed baby boomers for ‘causing global warming’ during a secret comedy show held in London this week.
The award-winning comedian made the jab while testing out his latest material on an exclusive audience at the Leicester Square Theatre.
Giving a lucky few a glimpse of what to expect on his next tour, Armageddon, he revealed the new show will explore how “mankind will end”.
As heard by The Sun, the 60-year-old said: “The new show will be called Armageddon and it will be about how I think humanity will end up – if we’re going to evolve, go to another planet or destroy us with the things at our disposal.
He continued: “People born in this century are going to have a very different average age than me.
“It’s my fault and the generation before me, the baby boomers – with fossil fuels, deforestation, global warming, everything like that.”
“So today 20 year olds, 40 years from now they will be crowded into their homes like prisons, wearing masks, scared, in pain, crying . . . like they do now for jokes. I will spend all my money on private jets from now on, to make sure that happens for good.
Mr Gervais’ comments come as he joins a storytelling campaign, alongside 300 celebrities and environmental experts, which aims to tackle the climate crisis.
The year-long project called Rewriting Extinction produces comics that tackle issues like deforestation and overconsumption.
Armageddon’s new tour is set to be his most controversial yet, as it will tackle “revival cancel culture”.
In another tongue-in-cheek joke made during the private preview, he said, “I try to be more awake. Like, I like illegal immigrants. Sue me.
“Sometimes I go down to Dover and see a goddamn dinghy with 60 of them and I’m like, ‘Come on, welcome! Women and children first. Oh, there are no women – just you guys, right?
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Mr Gervais has previously explained how he decided to ‘get canceled’ with the brand new show, as he ‘will treat it like it’s my last’.
The comedian enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame after co-creating, co-writing and starring in the dummy British TV sitcom The Office.
His latest show “After life” on Netflix was also a smash hit. It is currently the most-watched British comedy in the world, with a global audience of over 100 million people.
He has won seven BAFTA Awards, five British Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes.
After hosting the Golden Globes Awards in 2020, he faced backlash as he tried to restrict political discourse on climate change from, as he described it, “Hollywood elites”.
Mr. Gervais claimed that the winners were “not in a position” to lecture the public.
In his opening monologue he said, “So if you win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You are in no position to lecture the public on anything. You don’t know anything about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.