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Reykjavík on comedian Ricky Gervais' list of favorite places

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  • Funny man Host Stephen Colbert asked Ricky Gervais about a photo he had posted of himself during his stay in Iceland. Photo/Vísir.

The British comedian Ricky Gervais has revealed that Reykjavík is one of his favorite places on the schedule of his Humanity tour this year. Gervais performed his stand-up routine to a sold-out Harpa music and concert hall last month.

Gervais was one of the guests on American talk show The Late Show last night. There he told host Stephen Colbert that he had been especially pleased with his visit to Iceland. The comedian praised Icelanders for being laid-back and the beauty of Icelandic nature.

Elves attract Colbert to Iceland
In response, Colbert displayed a surprisingly in-depth knowledge of the supposed Icelandic belief in elves which has sometimes interfered in road works and other construction work. Despite Gervais' protestations, Colbert insisted that the majority of Icelanders believe in elves.

"Say there's a rock outcropping right here that is traditionally the home of these elvish creatures, they will build the road around it rather than disturb the home of the elf," said Colbert whose interest in visiting Iceland is due to his admiration of the author J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings.

The exchange on Iceland starts after around six minutes of the video below.

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