Ricky Gervais, star and creator of The Office and Afterlife, returns to Netflix this week with a new show titled Ricky Gervais: SuperNature, which he sees again usually controversially.

The 60-year-old comedian explores a host of taboos in SuperNature, including cancer, Adolf Hitler, AIDS and hunger. The new special is his first since Humanity debuted on Netflix in 2018.

Gervais defended his decision to cover such controversial topics in a comedy, saying he wanted to challenge his viewers. But what exactly do we know about Ricky Gervais – and when will his new show be available on Netflix?

How much is Ricky Gervais net worth? Gervais is estimated to be worth about $140 million

Ricky Jervis’ successes as a comedian made him very wealthy. Her net worth is estimated to be around $140 million (£111.4 million).

However, Gervais made jokes about reports of his fortune in the past. In 2011, when his $80m (£64m) value was announced, he sarcastically noted on his blog that there must have been a ‘leak about my accountability’.

“Now it’s over, I’m going to have to get a million Christmas scratch cards for my family. I’ve decided to use the remaining money to take over Libya.

Jervis also said more seriously he was “willing” to pay taxes to support the NHS and public services.

How is Ricky Gervais famous? Gervais has defended his choice to use comedy in judicial controversy Image: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Ricky Jervis first became famous with The Office, which was critically acclaimed on the wall and which debuted on the BBC in the summer of 2001.

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When it first aired, the series didn’t get much attention, but its multicast and word of mouth made it a strong following.

Prior to his appearance on The Office, Gervais gained nationwide attention with an appearance on Channel 4’s 11 O’Clock Show, making him famous for Ali G by director Sacha Baron Cohen.

Gervais has received critical acclaim for his dramas including the Netflix comedy-drama After Life

Prior to that, he was a musician, and formed half of the Seon Dancing pop music duo from the ’80s. The duo released two singles, both of which did not hit the UK charts.

What is Ricky Gervais: SuperNature about?

Ricky Gervais, SuperNature of the new Netflix show, sees the comedian question the supposed rules of comedy, sparking several controversies along the way.

Gervais places special emphasis on black humor, arguing that it can be used without having to be an incurable human being.

Gervais first became famous as David Brent in The Office (Image: BBC)

Speaking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Gervais explained that his goal in tackling “taboo topics” is to “take audiences where they’ve never been.”

Gervais’ SuperNature tour began in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic forced him to postpone it for several months. It was finally completed last year.

The comedian has donated just over £427,000 in tour income to several animal charities including Animal Rescue International and Nowzad, which supports animal shelters in Ukraine.

When is Ricky Gervais: SuperNature on Netflix?

Ricky Gervais: SuperNature will be available worldwide on Netflix starting Tuesday, May 24th.

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