The attached is an interview with the British comedian Ricky Gervais, who gave a memorable performance at the Golden Globe Awards Life. There was a big row about this and people were up in arms about the reportedly offensive jokes. It is a wonderful example of what makes an insult – the judgement of the receiver. He explains brilliantly what comedy is and where humour is coming from – it is a vehicle, a tool to reveal – or as Ricky says: “I don’t think a comedian’s job is to make people laugh – it is to make people think”.
This reminds me of the wonderful archetype of the trickster – someone who uses humour and trickery to get people to lower their guard – and to reveal their own foul beliefs or identifications behind their masks.
Watch the interview with a super-trickster who set out to make Hollywood look at the truth about themselves. How heroic – he took on Tinseltown, the world’s mecca of illusion.
Bravo to Ricky Gervais, the bravest trickster of all !