If you’ve heard Ricky Gervais’s hilarious podcast then you know that, even though Ricky’s a really funny guy, the podcast isn’t actually funny because of him. It’s funny because Karl Pilkington has a head like an orange. He may be the stupidest man in all of England. Ricky and his partner Stephen Merchant, because they're smart, have mined this piece of comedic gold for all its worth on their podcast, and now they’re sending it on the road.

Ricky has a new show coming to the UK’s Sky 1 and it’s a must see for fans of The Ricky Gervais Show. It’s called An Idiot Abroad and in it, Ricky and Stephen have decided to torture Karl by forcing him to travel around the world visiting different places even though Karl hates and fears everything that’s different and in general, doesn’t understand anything about the world around him. The show’s first trailer has arrived and, it’s everything you could hope this show would be. Namely, a lot of Karl wandering about looking confused, frightened, and bored by everything around him. It’s genius. Take a look:


If that’s your first exposure to Karl Pilkington, congratulations, and welcome to a whole new kind of wisdom. Here’s a sampling of just a few, special, Karl Pilkington sayings, to let you know what you’re in for when you watch his new show:
- "That's the problem with them fables, they're putting animals together that wouldn't meet. I don't know where a scorpion is knockin' around with a frog."
- “Why didn't evolution make a giraffe good at carpentry so it could build a ladder?”
- "We came from the sea originally, now we're going back in it. Don't go in it, unless you're in a boat."
- On dopplegangers - "How would I know which one I was?"
- "People moan about drugs being tested on animals. I sort of think it depends innit. If the drug's aspirin and the monkey's got a headache, is it tight?"
- "You can only talk rubbish if you're aware of knowledge."
- "We've invented most of the stuff that we need and now we're just messing about"
- "I think it's clever how Rome have kept a load of old stuff. There's no overheads, yet people are going over there to see it."
- "Neil Armstrong, that spaceman, he went to the moon but he ain't been back. It can't have been that good."

Even more Karl Pilkington wisdom can be found on Pilkipedia.

Unfortunately, as far as we can tell, there are currently no plans to bring Karl’s show over to America. The Ricky Gervais Show podcasts have been airing in a very strange, animated format on HBO and Ricky is, obviously kind of a comedic god even here in the US. So there should be an audience for it, but no one’s bringing Karl and his head like a fucking orange over to the United States. And that’s a shame.

Maybe we can convince them to send Karl our way. If you liked the trailer, live outside the UK, and would like to see Karl Pilkington in An Idiot Abroad, let them know in the comments section below. Demand it!

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