Comedian Ricky Gervais is no stranger to offensive material. Thursday on The Opie & Anthony Show, he and Jim Norton discussed rape jokes, a brand of offensive material that has drawn vast criticism the past year.

Gervais defended humor as a tool to “get us over bad things,” regardless of subject matter. He spoke about the reasons he tells offensive jokes, and how his fans and detractors respond.

Last year, comedian Daniel Tosh received significant backlash after making a rape joke at the Laugh Factory. A couple of weeks ago, Norton was on Totally Biased, where he debated the subject of rape jokes with Jezebel writer Lindy West.

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