Ricky Gervais will be performing at NYC’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday as part of his Humanity World Tour, and the comedian/animal rights activist is putting his money where his mouth is by donating some of the proceeds from the show’s ticket sales to charity.
According to a press release, Gervais will donate $25,000 from the proceeds of Sunday’s show to the Delta Society (which strives to improve human health through service and therapy animals) and the New York headquarters of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
In addition, Gervais will also donate $20K from ticket sales from his upcoming Chicago shows on May 24 and 25 to Gilda Radner’s cancer support community, Gilda’s Club Chicago, and PAW’s Chicago, the Windy City’s largest pet adoption foundation.
The former “Office” star’s Humanity tour also marks his first time performing in Canada, with a three-night stint at Toronto’s Massey Hall slated for July 14, 15 and 16.
“Thousands of people paying hard-earned cash to come and see you live is such a privilege,” said Gervais in a statement. “You’d better have something different, interesting and funny to say. Humanity is my angriest, most honest and I think my best tour yet. It’s probably my most personal too. I feel I may as well tell you everything before I die. Hope you enjoy it. Or not. There are no refunds. Just like life, I guess.”
He added: “I’m thrilled to be able to take this tour around the world and look forward to performing stand-up to a Canadian audience for the first time. Watch this space for even more dates being added too. I’m coming to your town! (If your town has an arena and a 5-star hotel with a helipad.)”.
Nearly two months later, Gervais revealed on Twitter that he will be donating an additional $56,000 to two more animal and cancer charities with the proceeds made from his two Humanity shows in Toronto. See the tweet with the charity names below.