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About the Author

Karl Pilkington is a radio producer previously best known for producing The Ricky Gervais Show on UK's Xfm radio. He has now reached an international audience through his appearances with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant on The Ricky Gervais Show podcast. He lives in London; this is his first book.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are long-time collaborators and are the comic geniuses behind The Office and Extras.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401303420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401303426
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those of you who are familiar with the Podcasts done by Ricky Gervais, Steven Merchant, and everyone's favorite round-headed idiot, Karl, this is a great book, albeit somewhat redundant but never tiresome. It is comprised primarily of the transcripts from the show, yet there are many pictues and musings straight from Karl that are very funny. I thought it was great and I never get tired of listening to Ricky and Steve gang up on Karl, and reading it was great too, especially when you only have to imagine Ricky's high-pitced cackle as opposed to letting it rip through your ear drums every 10-15 seconds.

I will say this: Karl is too funny to be a complete idiot. It probably is a gag and part of his persona to act dim-witted but it is pulled off so effortlessly that therein lies his genius. Playing a convincing idiot while still entertaining us is something that is funny and stays funny. Great stuff.
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If you caught the first series of 12 Ricky Gervias Show podcasts, much of the material in the book will be familiar to you. Some of the stories, like the classic, "I could eat a knob at night" aren't quite as funny on the page as they were on the pod. But others, like "What d'you mean about eyes facing forward" are just as absurd, if not more so, on paper. Rounding out the book are some genuinely cute illustrations by the man himself, and original excerpts from his now legendary diary.

If you've heard the show, you already know the material. If you liked it enough to revisit it, the book is a remarkably analog way to do just that. If you haven't been introduced to Karl Pilkington yet, the book is an entertaining read and a glimpse into the inner workings of well-meaning madness.
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This book is very much so the transcripts from the podcasts of Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington, with some illustrations and further musings by the man that is Karl Pilkington. This may turn some fans of the show off because the majority of it is word for word exactly what you hear on the podcast. However, it is just as good and should not be immediately dismissed with a "I've already heard it, why would I want to read it." You can instantly hear again Ricky and Stephen calling Karl an absolute idiot for stating that man and dinosaurs must have had some crossover point where they co-existed. For anyone who loves the podcasts and is able to listen to them over and over again, this is a perfect gift. I included this book in a Christmas gift to my brother along with the first two flanimals and the third season of Ricky and his crew's podcast. ENJOY!
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Karl Pilkington is a one of a kind human being with his own philosophy. At first you will laugh as hard as you can with his theories. On a second look you realize how he's right about certain things, and how he got to that truth through his innocent way to look at the world.
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I'm a huge fan of Karl Pilkington and Ricky Gervais, so anything they do together is well worth reading. But the shallow and inane comments that Steve Merchant makes throughout the book are maddening, absolutely stupid, and abt as unfunny as they can get. Despite Steve's constant interruptions, it's a wonderful book. I highly recommend it.
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This book offers a further insight into the round-headed ramblings of the one-and-only Karl Pilkington. Although, if you have already listened to the first series of the podcasts, all that will be new are the drawings and the bonus journal entries at the end as the rest of the book is just a transcript of the podcasts.
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Another great book with Karl as the subject. He just has a way of looking at things from his perspective what is quite refreshing. Kinda makes me think that everyone else is over thinking things big time.
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What a great book. I've not read another publication that so distinctively illusrates that massive f**king orange that is Pilkington's head.

If you have any doubt about what a fuzzy bald headed manc he truly is, then read this book and doubt no longer.
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