Ricky Gervais turns down chance to be the first comedian to do stand-up in space

RICKY Gervais turned down the chance to do the first stand-up show in space — because he was too scared.

The comedian and actor was invited to perform a set on one of the first commercial trips, but said he would not want to “risk it”.

Ricky, 59, who created Netflix comedy After Life, called the prospect “mad” and insisted: “I’m careful crossing the road.”

He said: “I was offered one of these things where you go up into space for 15 minutes.

“It was like a group of billionaires and they offered me the chance to be the first comedian to do a stand-up show in space.

"I went, ‘No. I’m not going to risk it’.”

The Office creator Ricky joked that passengers would have better things to do than listen to him telling gags after forking out a fortune to take the trip.

He told a US TV show: “These people have paid $300,000 to go into space and have a look around.

“And then they go, ‘Here’s Ricky Gervais doing ten minutes’.

They could watch me on YouTube. And now they’ve blown three hundred thousand? Look out the window!”

The star also insisted that there was no point making the trip. He said: “There is nothing you can see up there that you cannot see from here.

"It’s like me getting out of my chair and walking over there and saying I can see the chair from there — but you were in the chair.”

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