Ricky Gervais on Science and History
Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, author, actor, director, producer, screenwriter and former pop musician. He achieved mainstream fame with his television series The Office and the subsequent series Extras, both of which he co-wrote and co-directed with friend and collaborator, Stephen Merchant. Besides writing and directing the shows, Gervais also played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. Gervais has also appeared in several Hollywood films, including For Your Consideration, Stardust, Night at the Museum and Ghost Town.
Question: What do you make of smart people?
Gervais: Yeah. I was talking to Karl Pilkington about Einstein. And he went, “What was so great about him?” I said, “Well, you know, he formulated these amazing theories, obviously, relativity.” And he went, “Yeah, I sort of read about that.” He said, “Thing is, E equals MC squared is you should have never used that in my life.” He said, “The bloke who invented the video recorder…” He said, “I watched one week.” Brilliant. Nailed Einstein, slammed.
Question: What will the stand-up routine Science be like?
Gervais: Yeah. Well, it’s… it’s an exploration to everything rational and non-rational. So I look into things like, you know, racism, homophobia, the Bible, you know, all the classic… all the classics there, Hitler. Yeah. And I just… I got to talk to people for an hour or so, so… I mean, it’s… it’s sort of classic observational comedy, done with a little twist, really.
The comedian offers a preview of the stand-up routine, Science.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
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