Ricky Gervais forced to leave stage mid-gig amid ‘heart attack’ fears

The comedian spent around 10 minutes off stage, according to reports.

Ricky Gervais was forced to leave the stage during a stand-up gig in Bristol on Wednesday night (February 22) because of health concerns.

The comedian spent 10 minutes off stage, the Evening Standard reports, before he returned to finish his set.

He later told fans on Twitter: “I thought I was having a heart attack.”

The Extras and The Office co-creator has since told fans he is taking flu drugs to help restore himself to peak health. “Think I’ve got a little bug of some sort. Blocked up, bit hot, sore stomach. Also I’m foaming at the mouth and terrified of water. Weird,” he added.

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After some warm-up dates last year, the comedian began his latest stand-up tour, ‘Humanity’, earlier this week. Check out his upcoming dates below.

Tue February 28 2017 – YORK Barbican
Wed March 01 2017 – YORK Barbican
Mon March 06 2017 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Tue March 07 2017 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Mon March 13 2017 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Tue March 14 2017 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Wed March 15 2017 – LIVERPOOL Liverpool Empire Theatre
Wed March 22 2017 – BOURNEMOUTH BIC
Tue March 28 2017 – BELFAST Waterfront Hall
Wed March 29 2017 – BELFAST Waterfront Hall
Mon April 03 2017 – SHEFFIELD City Hall
Tue April 11 2017 – PORTSMOUTH Guildhall
Tue April 25 2017 – PLYMOUTH Pavilion
Tue May 02 2017 – GLASGOW Clyde Auditorium
Tue May 09 2017 – BRIGHTON Centre
Mon June 05 2017 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE City Hall
Thu June 08 2017 – EDINBURGH Playhouse
Tue June 13 2017 – OXFORD New Theatre
Sun June 18 2017 – SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower
Sat June 24 2017 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Wed June 28 2017 – BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
Wed October 04 2017 – LONDON Eventim Apollo
Thu October 05 2017 – LONDON Eventim Apollo
Fri October 06 2017 – LONDON Eventim Apollo
Sat October 07 2017 – LONDON Eventim Apollo

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Gervais recently revealed that he would love to host the Academy Awards, and said that it would be “carnage” if he ever did.