When it comes to writing jokes, the actor admits he often thinks, “This could offend everyone in the world. Or they might like it.”
“But it’s the not knowing that’s exciting,” Gervais says in a video clip exclusive to PEOPLE.
Gervais is currently preparing to host the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 10. (Come back to People.com for the nominations this Thursday.) And he thinks he has a pretty good system that allows him to write his jokes without worrying how they will be received.
“I think if you make it fun for yourself, I think that filters through without being ridiculously self-indulgent,” says Gervais, who previously hosted the film and television awards show from 2010 through 2012. “I think if you do things that excite you that you think is original… Sometimes when I write a joke I get an adrenaline rush. I’m excited about how good I think it is. But it’s that unknown. It could go the wrong way.”
The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards airs Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.