I first heard of Karl Pilkington in about 2005 or so, I had just gotten an ipod and I started listening to podcasts. The funniest thing I found was The Ricky Gervais Show. Basically it’s about Karl Pilkington, his world view, his ideas and attitudes. Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais, the creators of the hit show, The Office, sit and talk with Karl Pilkington, exploring his world view. Speaking of The Office, there are now versions in 6 other countries.

Here’s a little sample of the interaction for an upcoming show featuring Karl Pilkington, An Idiot Abroad

I’m convinced that Karl Pilkington is a well kept secret, he’s a character. Both Gervais and Merchant have repeatedly denied this. I could be wrong, but I think he’s a genius. His flawed mental patterns have a symmetry and internal logic that’s just too much like a cartoon. He’s clearly an idiot, but his idiocy is too perfect to be random. A real idiot’s thoughts would just be a mess, Karl’s ideas have their own integrity, even if they are ridiculous. He’s says some of the most surprising, laugh out loud funny things I’ve ever heard. All the while Ricky and Stephen relentless mock him.

So, I was very excited to hear about his new show, An Idiot Abroad, I will be watching it. Also, there’s a new season of the Ricky Gervais Show on HBO currently airing. Here’s a little sample from that show, my favorite bit, Monkey News:


Fair warning, this clip contains some adult language.