Ricky Gervais podcast

Thursday 22 December 2005

There are people in this world who think differently than most. Some have trains of thought so foreign, that even when you take into it into account ahead of time, even then, when they open their mouths you are baffled anew as to how a rational person could possibly form opinions like theirs.

One such person is Karl Pilkington, the third member of the Ricky Gervais podcast. The first two are Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the writers and directors of the wildly successful British comedy series The Office.

The podcasts consist of Ricky and Stephen engaging Karl on various topics, Karl explaining how he sees the world, and then Ricky and Stephen gamely trying to cope with Karl's bizarre thoughts. Well, actually, they often savage him. If it sounds confrontational, it can be ("You are a f*@#ing lunatic!!!"), but it is also hilarious. And every episode includes Monkey News, actual headlines involving monkeys. I have never laughed so hard on my way to work.

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mikey 11:26 PM on 22 Dec 2005

quite so, it rocks. profane too!

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Damien Katz 12:42 AM on 25 Dec 2005

Great stuff, just listened to them all today. Being a huge "The Office" fan, I can't believe three podcasts had been released before I'd heard about it. Clearly this "information superhighway"" thing has kinks to work out.

Regarding the show, do you think that Karl guy is really as dim as he comes off, or its just an act? I get the feeling he's the real deal and for some reason doesn't care that they ridicule him. Its a bit like Howard Stern that way.

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Ned Batchelder 8:23 AM on 25 Dec 2005

We were having the same debate about Karl. On the one hand, how could he volunteer for such abuse? And in one of the podcasts, you can hear him mutter dejectedly, "I'm sick of it.."

But their conversations seem genuine, and Ricky's reactions so startled, that it can't be scripted...

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Timothy Campbell 3:35 AM on 3 Jun 2006

A radio show with a special day for monkeys? Why, that's what Penn Jillette does most Tuesdays (a.k.a. Monkey Tuesdays) on his radio show/podcast!

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