Ricky Gervais (Credit: Netflix / Matt Crockett)
Ricky Gervais (Credit: Netflix / Matt Crockett)

Ricky Gervais donates £1.9m ($2.4m) to worldwide animal charities

Money raised via Platinum Ticket sales for his record-breaking world tour ‘Armageddon’.  

The extra profit from the Platinum Ticket sales to be split evenly across 11 worldwide animal charities chosen by Ricky. 

Gervais’s new stand-up special ‘Armageddon’ to launch globally on Netflix on Christmas Day.  

Ricky Gervais is donating $2.4m (£1,910,000) to worldwide animal charities, from the extra profits of the Platinum Tickets for his record-breaking Armageddon tour. 

In an effort to take action against ticket touts, Platinum Tickets for the Armageddon tour went on sale to guarantee premium seats at market rates, with the extra profits from these ticket sales going to Gervais’s chosen worthwhile causes.  

The donations come ahead of the launch of Armageddon on Netflix, which streams globally on the platform from Christmas Day, 25th December. 

The Netflix release follows a record-breaking tour for the BAFTA, Emmy and Golden-Globe winning comic, with Gervais playing 85 sell-out arena dates across the globe throughout 2022 & 2023. 

Ricky entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest-grossing single stand-up show of all time, when his sell-out Hollywood Bowl show raked in £1.4m in May. 

Not only that, but he has broken attendance records for the largest number of tickets sold for a British comedian and English-speaking comedy show in 12 different countries:   

America (Los Angeles), Austria (Vienna), Canada (Toronto), Czech Republic (Prague), Denmark (Copenhagen), Finland (Helsinki), Germany (Berlin), Norway (Oslo), Portugal (Lisbon), Spain (Barcelona), Sweden (Stockholm) and Switzerland (Zurich). 

Ricky Gervais said: “I hope the dogs, cats, rhinos and monkeys invest this money wisely, because when my career goes tits up I’ll need it back.”


Platinum ticket sales for Gervais’s global 2023 tour raised extra profits of £1.91m, which he has split evenly across donations to ELEVEN different worldwide animal charities: 

All Dogs Matter

Animal SOS Sri Lanka

Catastrophes Cat Rescue

Chaldon Animal Sanctuary

Dogs On The Streets

Helping Rhinos

Millions of Friends

Mira Dogs



Wild Futures


About Ricky Gervais

Creator and star of ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’, Ricky Gervais has won three Golden Globes®, two Primetime Emmys® and seven BAFTAS. ‘The Office’ is the most successful British comedy of all time, shown in more than 90 countries with seven remakes. The NBC version is the most successful US remake of a British show in more than 30 years.

Considered the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin, Gervais is an award-winning stand-up comedian, with six international tours to date. His live stand up show ‘Fame’ became the fastest selling UK stand-up show in history.

Gervais can most recently be seen in his Netflix stand up specials “Humanity” and “SuperNature,” with newest stand-up special “Armageddon” set for release on the streaming platform on Christmas Day 2023.

This year, Gervais’ world tour of Armageddon has broken numerous records around the world, including when his biggest ever stand-up show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles entered the Guinness World Records. It has seen him play 85 sell-out arena dates across the globe.

Ricky also starred in the dark comedy “After Life,” which he created, directed and executive produced. The series premiered to rave reviews and fan response in 2019, and returned for an equally lauded second season in April 2020. The third and final season premiered in January 2022, also to high acclaim.

Gervais was first asked to host the Golden Globes® awards ceremony in 2010, making him the first host of the Golden Globes® since 1995. The broadcast was seen by an estimated 250 million viewers. Gervais has since hosted the Golden Globes® in 2011, 2012, and 2016 prior to his most recent appearance as host for the 5th time in 2020.

Gervais is also featured in The Guinness Book of World Records for having the most downloaded internet show of all time. He has written, directed, produced and starred in ‘Cemetery Junction’, ‘The Invention of Lying’, and starred in ‘Ghost Town.’ In 2010, Gervais was named in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and awarded the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award from the Banff World Television Festival.