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Ricky Gervais on Not Pleasing Everyone

March 20, 2009

Just caught a TIME interview with Ricky Gervais where he answers a few reader questions.

The first question,  “What’s the worst thing about being the funniest man on earth?” came with this response:

“Well Dave, the worst thing about being the funniest man on earth is that very few people on that planet agree with you. People say to me, “Everybody loves the Office.” No they don’t. More people hate the Office than like it. Obviously. Luckily, you don’t need everyone on the planet to like you. So, you do your comedy for you and like minded people.” -Ricky Gervais

I know Ricky’s not a musician, but as a comedian and creator, he needs an audience.  Even though the British Office is done, Gervais’ post-Office material still caters to the same audience. His hardcore fans will buy anything with his name on it and convert others into believers. The people who don’t care for him, may never care. That’s OK, because as he said, you don’t need everyone to like you.

The point is to find and focus on the people who care.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2009 3:34 pm

    great point about finding and focusing on the people who care about you. i have a question though: as an up and coming band, how do you find those people? where should an artist start? and let’s say the artist finds 5 people, how can the artist then focus on those 5?

  2. March 23, 2009 8:18 pm


    Thanks for the comment and question.

    You can find 5 people via your YouTube channel, your shows, your myspace/facebook.

    You know their fans because they’ve subscribed to your facebook/youtube and/or signed up for the email list at one of your shows.

    How to go from there?

    I’d engage them. That’s more than just saying “Thanks for the add.” Actually try and learning something about them, what else they’re into. Build a solid connection. These are the first people to show interest in what you do.

    It may seem like a lot of work, but people who feel connected are more likely to spread the gospel. In addition, if they feel connected to you, the likelihood of them sticking around is pretty good.


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