Ricky Gervais needs his comedy hit
Ricky Gervais doesn't think the world would be worth living in without humour, because it is good for people
Ricky Gervais thinks comedy is like a "shot of morphine".
The 'Invention of Lying' actor doesn't think the world could exist without laughter, and insists the funniest jokes are based on everyday life.
The 48-year-old star explained: "We all need humour; it's like a shot of morphine. But I don't do things to get attention or be controversial. I just look at the world a little differently.
"People say drama is real life with the boring parts taken out. I like to put them in. Real life can be pretty funny.
"I don't think of myself as a typical comedian. I'm just a normal bloke who says things he observes. I don't even really tell jokes with punch lines. But people seem to connect."
But even though Hollywood loves his brand of comedy, Ricky would never consider becoming a full-time actor because he is worried about the interest in his private life multiplying.
He said: "I'm a bit phobic about fame, to tell you the truth. I don't want people going through my trash bins. I'm not all that interested in being an actor. I prefer writing and directing good stories.
"For me, a good night is watching TV with my girlfriend, cat and some good wine."