Ricky Gervais ‘turned down chance to perform the first stand up set from space’

Ricky Gervais turned down a high-paying gig, which would have seen him perform the first stand-up set from space.

The comic says he ducked the offer of doing a short set of gags entertaining space tourists, once they jet above the planet in the next couple of years.

The Office creator was both too scared and baffled at why any travellers would want to hear him deliver one liners while they were hovering in the stratosphere.

He would feel bad for customers wasting their cash hearing him on such a momentous journey, even though he reckons that the trek is a little pointless.

Gervais said: “I was offered one of these things where you go up into space for 15 minutes.

“And it was like a group of billionaires and they offered me the chance to be the first comedian to do a stand up show in space.

“I went no. I am not going to risk it. That is mad. I am careful crossing the road.

“Also these people have paid $300,000 to go into space and have a look around. And then they go there and it’s Ricky Gervais doing 10 minutes.

“They can watch me on YouTube. And now they have blown three hundred thousand? Look out the window.

“That is the other thing when they say let’s go into space – We are in space now – right in the middle.

“There is nothing you can see up there that you cannot see from here. It is like me getting out of chair and walking over there and saying I can see the chair from there – but you were in the chair.”

Gervais spoke on Jimmy Fallon’s Late night show on NBC.

The hugely popular comedian has starred in various shows, including Extras, Life’s Too Short, Derek and After Life.

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