Comedian Ricky Gervais has reportedly bolstered his security detail to guard him against potential stage attackers after the stabbing of Salman Rushdie last week.
The Office and After Life creator is currently performing new material at Soho’s tiny Leicester Square Theatre, where members of the audience sit yards away from comics.
Friend Salman, 75, was stabbed up to 15 times by an American Islamist thought to be sympathetic to the Iranian government’s homicide edict against the Satanic Poems author from 1989.
Gervais’s beefed upward security also comes a couple of months after fellow firebrand comic Dave Chappelle was bombarded on-stage by a knifeman wielding a fake gun.
The 61-year-old Brit has attracted their fair share of detractors in the wake of controversial jokes in recent stand-up specials at the expense of transgender people.
LGBT+ rights group Glaad described material in recent Netflix special SuperNature since ‘ dangerous, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes’.
A source near to Gervais told The Sun: ‘ Ricky isn’t having any chances.