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

Author: Newsroom

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. 

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 

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.” 

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). 

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