Conversations like this are the best of the podcast format. We get to be a fly on the wall for an entertaining conversation between two incredibly smart and interesting people.
Gervais explains how humor is an important form of dissection for society. Comedy allows us to examine ideas and even laugh at them without being bad people. That’s why when journalists ask if there’s anything he wouldn’t joke about, he asks them if there’s anything they wouldn’t write about. They explore censorship, how to think about the Louis C.K. story, why people don’t really want to be him, and much more.
Listen to Sam Harris interview Ricky Gervais on the Making Sense Podcast, episode 163.