An Idiot Abroad
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An Idiot Abroad encompasses all eight episodes of the show's first season, which aired in the United Kingdom in 2010 and the United States in 2011, in their original, uncut format (which translates into some rough language and male nudity). Extras include a 23-minute preview show, which outlines Karl's travels, and a lengthy review in which Karl shows exactly how much he's learned from his journey (not much). Eight deleted scenes and a gallery of stills round out this sidesplitting disc. --Paul Gaita
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I must admit, the cruelty in the idea is apparent from the start--Gervais even relishes in it. But Pilkington is a willing stooge, and off he goes. Expected fish out of water hilarity ensues, but don't be surprised if Pilkington is up for the challenge. There is very little that he refuses to do--and in those instances where he puts his foot down, I am in full agreement. There are moments that remain fresh and absolutely memorable--cave dwelling in Jordan, a visit with cannibals along the Amazon, avoiding the dangers of a street festival in Mexico, an unexpected spiritual dip in an Indian river. Pilkington, always reluctant if not outright resistant, generally embraces the tasks he's given with a more open mind than I felt possible.Read more ›
This is an incredibly funny show, but Amazon needs to wait until they release it properly at the correct framerate! Or at minimum, label it properly! It should be labeled as a PAL-framerate set!
Without trying, completely spontaneous and genuinely insightful - our man Karl Pilkington is hands down the funniest guy living on Planet Earth today.
Certainly there have been moments - in my own life and those that come from the entertainment field - that have had me in tears, crying so hard from laughing. The first time I saw the late Sam Kinison, the moment when a friend ate his entire meal then discovered a fat cockroach at the bottom of his bowl, the combat/spear and hippo birth scenes in 'Ace Ventura, When Nature Calls'. Moments that I'll carry with me the rest of my life.
But this guy Karl - this guy is beyond humorous. He's like the Dalai Lama of comedy, delivering the rawest, most truthful, insanely funny things ever uttered by man.
He's added to my moments of hilarity by a hundred fold.
And to be fair, everyone who 'gets' this show, owes a debt to Ricky Gervais. Despite the fact that he's a self-absorbed, cruel, arrogant smartass, the bottom line is: Without his efforts there would be no one outside of England who would understand, could possibly understand, the phenomenon of Karl Pilkington.
There is NO WAY any single post or review can adequately capture the essence of Karl - the purest laughs he creates. No way.
So I'll say this: Watch, listen and be in awe.
I only wish there were a 17-star rating on Amazon.
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Fans of Ricky Gervais will undoubtedly be familiar with daft and mercilessly funny Karl Pilkington. Gervais and partner Stephen Merchant have transformed Pilkington into an international superstar in previous programming--most notoriously, he is the undisputed star of their podcasts which have also been turned into "The Ricky Gervais Show" for HBO. Pilkington has a precious and skewed world view which combines faulty logic with unsubstantiated facts, yet for all its absurdity--there is often a nugget of wisdom in Pilkington's ramblings. An endless source of mockery and taunts from his co-workers, you might be inclined to feel sorry for the maligned Pilkington if he weren't so darn funny. A certified homebody, never having traveled further than Wales, Gervais and Merchant designed a new and inspired way to torture their little buddy. Why not send him around the world, ostensibly to view the Seven Wonders, and put him into situations that he will absolutely hate? Thus, "An Idiot Abroad" was conceived.
I must admit, the cruelty in the idea is apparent from the start--Gervais even relishes in it. But Pilkington is a willing stooge, and off he goes. Expected fish out of water hilarity ensues, but don't be surprised if Pilkington is up for the challenge. There is very little that he refuses to do--and in those instances where he puts his foot down, I am in full agreement. There are moments that remain fresh and absolutely memorable--cave dwelling in Jordan, a visit with cannibals along the Amazon, avoiding the dangers of a street festival in Mexico, an unexpected spiritual dip in an Indian river.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love dry British humor, this is the reality show for you. Karl is just the funniest person to watch. He's so witty and I really don't think he's even trying to be. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jillty
There are better ideas than going to a country and coming up with a superficial understanding of something that is supposed to be respected but instead treated with just a bit of... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Rongbiao Yang
This is one of my favorite shows of all time! I have watched it many times over.....I am a HUGE Karl Pilkington fan....actually my whole family is...Published 4 months ago by Donella