updated 01/12/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/13/2011 AT 12:50 PM ET
He poked fun at some of the biggest names in Hollywood – Mel Gibson, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell – as host of last year’s Golden Globe Awards. So, Ricky Gervais just assumed he’d worn out his welcome.
“I didn’t think I’d be asked again, and I didn’t think I’d say yes if I was asked,” the British funnyman, 49, who will indeed return as host this Sunday, tells PEOPLE.
Now, of course, he wants to misbehave even more this year. “I don’t think I went far enough,” he says. “I think I can notch it up. That was me on sort of like 2 or 3. I think I can notch it up to 4 or 5.”