Ricky Gervais

It’s the year of the sequel for writer/director/actor/comedian–the list goes on–and all around interesting and funny man Ricky Gervais. He’ll be hosting the Golden Globe Awards for the second time January 16, his second HBO special Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2, premieres on December 18, and the second season of The Ricky Gervais Show begins January 14. Since Ricky says he’s better the second time around, this is all good news.

Daemon’s TV was there when Ricky answered questions about why he agreed to host the Golden Globes again, what we can expect in season two of The Ricky Gervais Show, and why we shouldn’t be asking who will replace Steve Carell on The Office.

On The Golden Globes

When asked why he agreed to host the Golden Globe Awards again, he said, “I had such a great time, but like anything you do for the first time, you go ‘Let me do it again! I can do it better.'” While he thinks he pitched it about right last time, he thinks he can go further this time, pushing more boundaries and having more fun with it. He also likes the jeopardy of performing live to such a huge broadcast audience, saying “That’s my extreme sport-that’s what gives me my adrenaline rush-thinking it could be the end of my career.”

Ricky said his favorite lines at last year’s Golden Globes–lines he wrote in about an hour–were “the introduction – the one-liners about people – the Mel Gibson gag, the Paul McCartney gag, the Jennifer Aniston gag. … If I can get more of that type of thing that’s cheeky, a little bit naughty and risqué, but not nasty, I’ll be happy.”

While last time he focused his zingers at those celebrities presenting, this year he plans to open it up to anyone in the room. That’s not to say he’s looking to insult people willy-nilly. He remarked, “It’s not enough to be shocking-that’s too easy. You’ve got to be interesting and engaging. I try to do it with a twinkle in my eye and a smile on my face, so hopefully I can go even further this year without being chased out of the country.”

No matter how Ricky does hosting his second Golden Globes, he has ruled out a three-peat. “I didn’t expect to be invited back a second time. I won’t do it a third, so I’ve got nothing to lose…The truth is I’m not a host. I’m not a presenter. I don’t even consider this as part of my career,” He said. “If I’m bad, I shouldn’t do it again and if I’m good, then I shouldn’t do it again.”

On Out of England 2

As with Ricky’s first Out of England stand-up special, don’t expect bland jokes because he wants his stories to resonate. “Originality is the most important thing. It won’t be homogenized and watered down like ten other acts,” He explained. “I think a comedian’s job isn’t just to make people laugh; it’s to make them think. I’m not a lover of broad, anodyne comedy. I want people to laugh, but I want them to gasp, as well. I get as much pleasure from a gasp as I do a big belly laugh.”

Ricky’s attitude toward stand-up comedy has changed. When he started doing it, it was not his focus. He said, “On the list of things that I did, a stand-up was probably fourth, but now I think it’s great. What a privilege to be able to say whatever I want to hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people. So that’s how I approached [this special] and now I can’t wait for my next stand-up.”

On The Ricky Gervais Show

Season two of HBO’s The Ricky Gervais Show, the animated adaptation of Ricky’s podcasts with Stephen Merchant featuring the philosophical musings of deadpan Karl Pilkington, premieres next month and Ricky said that while he thinks season one got better as it went along, season two is better still as it hits the ground running. “The first episode will straight away show you the difference with the ambition of the animation, let alone the things we’ve chosen. We’ve gone everywhere with all the stuff we’ve ever done. The first one we did in order. Now we’ve picked the best chunks and woven it in.”

That first episode will feature Karl’s film pitch. Ricky described it: “A film company called Karl in, heard him on the radio and called him for ideas. It’s where he comes up with the worst idea for a movie ever. A man puts half his brain into his wife’s body, starring Rebecca De Mornay, whom he says we haven’t seen in 15 years, and Clive Warren who doesn’t even exist (he meant Clive Owen). We see the movie in animation because they’re making it.” For podcast fans, yes, the scene of Karl eating cereal will be included.

While all the episodes have so far focused solely on the podcasts, Ricky said, “There’s still stuff [from the podcasts] that I want to see animated, but if we’re lucky enough to get to season three or 4, there will be some original material.” Unlike with The Office or Extras, Ricky does want this show to go “on and on.” He explained, “It’s three blokes in my office talking rubbish. I’ll never get bored with it.”

All you Karl fans will be happy to know that there is An Idiot Abroad 2 in the works, though Ricky said that Karl really just “wants to get old so he can retire.”

On The Office

With Steve Carell leaving The Office at the end of the season, fans are curious as to who will replace him, but when asked about that, Ricky replied that we were asking the wrong question and thinking more about entertainment headlines than the actual show. “You shouldn’t think like that. Steve Carell’s an actor. You should think who’s replacing Michael Scott,” He explained. “You’ve got to suspend your disbelief. It’s all about the story. There’s too much peeking behind the curtain. You should love the work and have it be a surprise, so I’m not saying anything except I think viewers can expect that if The Office carries on, it can still be as good.”

That is not to say Carell won’t be missed. Ricky called him the nicest man in the world and joked, “He’s like a big goose that laid golden eggs for us and now we need to find another schmuck who will get up at 6am every day for seven years for us.”

On the upcoming HBO special Talking Funny

Ricky recently taped a special for HBO with Louis C. K., Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld, and he said he had a great time with it. “We sat in a room for four hours and talked about comedy. I’m editing it down to about an hour and it was a great experience. I think it will be interesting to watch.”

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards air on NBC Sunday, January 16 at 8pm eastern/7pm central/5pm pacific.

Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 airs on HBO Saturday, December 18 at 10pm eastern/9pm central.

Season two of The Ricky Gervais Show premieres on HBO Friday, January 14 at 9pm eastern/8pm central.

Follow me on Twitter @michstjame