Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 - The Stand-Up Special

Synopsis: Taped in Chicago in front of a live audience, Ricky's second HBO stand-up special is, just like his first, a compilation of his best material from his previous UK specials, but presented to the American audience. He talks about God and religion, the recession, addiction, famine and plenty more.
Director(s): John Moffitt
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination.
74 min

So I hired a helicopter

to and from Dublin.

It cost me 12,000, right.

Just because I couldn't bear

to let anyone down

or take the ferry.

That was...

They were still running, sure.

But that would have meant

mixing with the general public,

and I don't...

This is about as close

as I ever... you know.


I don't know if you were affected

by the volcanic ash cloud,

but I had friends that were

stuck all over the world.

And they missed weddings

and funerals,

and they had to

put themselves up in a hotel

for extra days

they hadn't budgeted for.

And they couldn't get their money back

because the airlines were saying,

"No, we can't pay you because the

insurance companies won't pay us,

because they're saying

it's an act of God."

Well, what isn't an act of God?

Look, if you believe in God,

that's sort of a definition

of him, isn't it?

That he does everything.

Isn't that right?

Everything is an act of him.

He's all-powerful.

He's everywhere at once.

He invented every...

There was nothing before him.

He invented time, everything.

He's across it all.

He doesn't miss a trick

and he's not absent-minded.

A volcano going off isn't like him

going, "F*ck, I left the oven on."

You know, it's...

And who are these

insurance companies

that can decide what is

and isn't an act of God?

How do they know?

Have they got a hotline to God?

They call him up, do they?

Ring ring.

Ring ring.


"Uh, can I speak

to God, please?"


"Oh, I didn't think you'd

answer the phone yourself."

"What do you want?"

"Oh, um, that volcanic ash cloud...

Was that you?"

"Yeah yeah.

Yes, that was

an act of me, all right."

"So I shouldn't pay out?"

"No, don't fucking pay 'em

a penny, son, no."

"Brilliant brilliant.

While I've got you here,

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Ricky Gervais

Ricky Dene Gervais (; born 25 June 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and singer. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop star in the 1980s as the singer of the new wave act Seona Dancing and working as the manager of the then-unknown band Suede before turning to comedy. Gervais appeared on The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4 between 1998 and 2000. In 2000, he was given a Channel 4 talk show, Meet Ricky Gervais, and then achieved greater mainstream fame a year later with his BBC television series The Office. It was followed by Extras in 2005. He co-wrote and co-directed both series with Stephen Merchant. In addition to writing and directing the shows, he played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. He reprised his role as Brent in the comedy film Life on the Road. Gervais began his stand-up career in the late 1990s. He has performed five multi-national stand-up comedy tours and wrote the Flanimals book series. Gervais, Merchant and Karl Pilkington created the podcast, The Ricky Gervais Show, which has spawned various spin-offs starring Pilkington and produced by Gervais and Merchant.He has also starred in the Hollywood films Ghost Town, and Muppets Most Wanted, and wrote, directed and starred in The Invention of Lying and the Netflix released Special Correspondents. He hosted the Golden Globe Awards in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016, and appears on the game show Child Support. Gervais has won seven BAFTA Awards, five British Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and the 2006 Rose d'Or, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In a 2004 poll for the BBC, he was named the third most influential person in British culture. In 2007, he was voted the 11th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups and again in the updated 2010 list as the 3rd greatest stand-up comic. In 2010, he was named on the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people. more…

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