Comedian Ricky Gervais is, shall we say, very open about his atheism. Late Show host Stephen Colbert is very open about his own Catholic faith.
Recently, Gervais visited The Late Show to discuss his new special stand-up “Supernature,” and the duo began discussing their different ideas about faith and the supernatural. Though neither shifted their positions, the conversation was non-combative, pleasant and even funny. It was a refreshing departure from the hostile tone these types of discussions often take.
Gervais explained, “I have no problem with faith or spirituality — I feel it in different ways. I feel it when I see nature.”
Colbert admitted that he sometimes feels his faith more strongly than other times, comparing it to a lightning bug. “I have a firefly of a faith: it comes and goes, it shows up ever so often,” he said.
The interview wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but it was a nice reminder of how natural and friendly these types of conversations can be.