Karl Pilkington has been described as
the Confucian like savant of Ricky Gervais and before he became
"worldly" thanks to the TV series, An Idiot Abroad, this mild
mannered man was the butt of all jokes on the Ricky Gervais Podcast
Show. Originally, these two individuals met while Gervais was
hosting a radio show and Pilkington was the producer. From there, a
blossoming friendship developed, much like the characters
from Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan, with Gervais being Tarzan and
Pilkington Cheeta... the chimpanzee.
Although I missed out on the amazingly
funny podcasts when they were originally released, I've finally had
the pleasure of listening to these highly entertaining podcasts with
comedians Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and the brilliant Karl
Pilkington. This book, The World Of Karl Pilkington are basically
the podcasts transcribed into print with some original pictures by
Karl thrown in the mix. Even though I have listened to most of the
excerpts from this book, there were a few new ones that I haven't
heard, now read in The World Of Karl Pilkington. Nonetheless, it's
equally as entertaining.
At around 230 pages in length, it will
take you no time to get you through the book as Karl gives his
unique views on the world such as his idea and the solution of the
overpopulation of the world or Karl's interpretations of well known
sayings are either useless or more particularly over and quite "willy-nillily".
The drawings by Karl really added to
the book, especially the story of the leech who ate another leech
which transferred the chemical memory of the other leech. Best of
all, Karl believes that this would ideal for people in a family to
eat their dying family members as their memories would live on.
Even if you have listened to the
podcasts or watched The Ricky Gervais Show, this book is still a
barrel of laughs and when you read the Pilkington text, you
automatically imagine this bald headed rather depressed man that had
me laughing out loud as I read this book. From Monkey News to Karl's
personal diary, The World Of Karl Pilkington is definitely
recommended to all lovers of comedy.