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Ricky Gervais

When it comes to having a laugh, nothing is off limits for British funnyman Ricky Gervais. During an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week, the star of The Office chatted about his “normal” childhood and credits his family for shaping his sense of humor.

“The worst crime when I was growing up was to be boring,” Gervais said.

During his mother’s funeral, he and brothers and sister shared in much hilarity. When passing out tissues to sad female relatives, he made sure each one contained an extra special note.

“Soon, in amongst the crying, there were giggles,” he said. “I’d written something on each tissue. Things like ‘snivelling bitch’ or ‘you snotty pig’! The vicar is doing his thing and looking out at the giggling and thinking, ‘I’ve never got laughs before! This is brilliant!'”

Check out more of Gervais’ interview below:

Gervais is making the talk-show rounds this week in promotion of his forthcoming HBO stand-up special, Out of England 2, which premieres Saturday, December 18 at 10 pm EST. Last night, the 49-year-old comic stopped by The Daily Show to spout off on former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Stephen Hawking and more. Host Jon Stewart can’t contain himself.

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Gervais will reprise his hosting duties for a second year at the 68th annual Golden Globes on Sunday, January 16 on NBC.

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By MacKenzie Wilson