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Ricky Gervais Podcast Comforts Chilean Earthquake Survivor


In the last few years, comedian Ricky Gervais has been productive; writing, producing, acting and hosting awards shows like the Golden Globes. Last year, he also recorded a series of audio podcasts with broad topics ranging from art to the human body. On his blog, he recently posted a letter he received through his agent, written by a man from Chile, who says the shows gave him comfort in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that left hundreds dead and more than 1.5 million Chileans without a home. The letter reads:

Forgive me if i’m wrong by sending you this email, but i want Ricky Gervais to know this:

I’m from Chile, where we just had an enormous eartquake, tons of people died (though not as much as in Haiti) and over a million people’s homes were hit hard. Personally i wasn’t struck as hard, but i was left without electricity and running water for three days. I had enough food and bottled water to last me at least a week, so that wasn’t a problem; and a battery-operated radio to listen to news about the earthquake.

This is where Ricky comes along. I was horribly bored, i had nothing to do (apart from listening to the news, which get a bit depressing), when i remembered something trascendental: My Ipod was fully charged AND HAD THE COMPLETE PODCASTS, XFM SHOWS AND GUIDES TO…

Ricky Gervais’ audio work really helped me get through the days while keeping me in a good mood, thinking about things other than the horrible destruction of my country. The stories of the round-headed buffoon Karl asking what were the names of “those things in the movie gremlins”, or when Steve was trying to be cool driving a car in his teens only to end up crying because some cooler kids wanted to get a pig in the car, really made the difference to me in that moment of despair.

What i’m going with really is, thanks Ricky and the gang for keeping me laughing and sane for three days.

For ever grateful,


Nice to hear celebrities acknowledging the situation in Chile. It seems most of them exhausted their charity with the earthquake in Haiti, and both countries need help and support more than ever.

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