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Ricky Gervais makes history by making £1.41 million for one stand-up show

Rhiannon Ingle

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Ricky Gervais makes history by making £1.41 million for one stand-up show

Ricky Gervais has made history after raking in a whopping £1.41 million for just one stand-up show.

The British comedian, actor, writer, and director has bagged himself a pretty hefty paycheck after hopping across the pond to Los Angeles to perform a gig for his worldwide tour, 'Armageddon'.

The show has since been dubbed the highest-grossing one-off gig ever by a British comedian.

Gervais has raked in a fortune for a single stand-up comedy gig. Credit: David Jensen / Alamy Stock Photo
Gervais has raked in a fortune for a single stand-up comedy gig. Credit: David Jensen / Alamy Stock Photo
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Gervais, who is best known for hit TV shows like The Office, Extras, An Idiot Abroad, Derek and After Life, took to the iconic Hollywood Bowl stage earlier this month (6 May) to perform to his adoring fans.

The 61-year-old has since set an all-time record at the box-office and has been left overwhelmed by the news.

Taking to Twitter, the star thanked his supporters for helping him achieve the monumental milestone.

He tweeted: "A career highlight. I should retire now. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket."

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Gervais called the accolade a 'career highlight'. Credit: Twitter/@rickygervais
Gervais called the accolade a 'career highlight'. Credit: Twitter/@rickygervais

Speaking of the impressive accolade, he said: "To find out about this record is the icing on the cake. I was happy enough when it didn’t rain."

It seems you can take the man out of Britain but you can't take Britain out of the man.

Tweeting after the LA gig, he wrote: "Thank you Hollywood Bowl for one of the most surreal nights of my life. What a venue. What a crowd."

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He continued: "I can’t even imagine what my mum would think about me playing the Hollywood Bowl.

"I hope she would be horrified by the language, tell me I looked fat, and be secretly proud."

In another tweet the comedian added: "Wish I’d filmed it now... if only to remind myself it actually happened."

Reckon the mammoth pay-check will do that for you, mate.

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Gervais raked in over a million for the packed-out show at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Twitter/@rickygervais
Gervais raked in over a million for the packed-out show at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Twitter/@rickygervais

Gervais' post has since attracted an avalanche of fans to offer their words of praise to the comedian following the news.

One Twitter user commented: "You deserve it top man."

A second congratulated: "Comedic gold. Gervais is in a league of his own. Congrats!"

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"Good for him," penned a third, "he’s brilliant."

A fourth echoed: "Good. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy."

Trying their luck with the A-lister, a final fan asked: "Lend us a tenner then."

Gervais is next set to hit the UK for the Armageddon tour tomorrow in Leeds (25 May) with the final UK tour date set to commence this winter (12 December) over in Bristol.

Talk about a decent hourly wage...

Featured Image Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo Twitter / @‌rickygervais

Topics: UK News, TV and Film, Celebrity, Ricky Gervais, Money

Rhiannon Ingle
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