The Many Faces of Karl Pilkington

There were several great new TV shows that debuted during the fall 2010/spring 2011 TV season. None made me laugh quite like Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s creation, An Idiot Abroad. The gist of the show is that Gervais and Merchant send their friend, Karl Pilkington, around the globe to visit each of the 7 Wonders of the World. You may recognize Pilkington as the orange-headed character from HBO’s The Ricky Gervais Show. Along the way to visiting the 7 Wonders, Gervais and Merchant concoct multiple hilarious and bizarre activities for Pilkington to partake in while staying in the various host countries. The resulting video footage is then edited into a travelogue show. The activities are amusing enough, but the true humor comes from Pilkington’s reactions. While performing the activities, he espouses a sort of brilliant moron zen, accidentally stumbling upon odd nuggets of truth, and it’s all coupled with ridiculous facial reactions. I’ve put together a sampling of Pilkington’s facial reactions, titled “The Many Faces of Karl Pilkington”.

The second season of An Idiot Abroad starts this Saturday January 21 at 10 p.m. EST on The Science Channel. This time, Merchant and Gervais are sending Karl out into the world with a bucket list of things to do before he dies.


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11 responses to “The Many Faces of Karl Pilkington

  1. Until the Golden Globes creates “The Karl Pilkington Award for Excellence in Travel Documentation” they’ll never truly be accepted as a television awards show.

  2. Although I haven’t watched this show as faithfully as I should, what I have seen has been HILARIOUS! They’re like the Three Not So Wise, But Hilarious Men of travel television. And can the Ricky Gervais laugh be anymore infectious?

    • The Gervais laugh kicks ass. When they’re grilling Karl on his logic, you can tell they’re fishing and fishing for him to say something wacky.

      I bet with the new season starting up, they’ll re-air the old ones, so if you can get your DVR fired up you could have all of them. The clip of Karl in Mexico eating a tequila worm, and his reaction, is comedy gold.

  3. Owen

    I’m really happy you like An Idiot Abroad. When it was on, it was probably the only thing on British television I actually made a real effort to watch. (maybe Sherlock or Dr. Who if they were on at the same time.) What is the general attitude to it in the States? Over here is was really loved. The second series, for me, is funnier than the first so you’re really in for a treat.

    • I’ve heard nothing but great things about Sherlock.

      Stateside, I don’t know how widespread the popularity is for An Idiot Abroad. If you ask the average person on the street, they won’t know anything about it. But the people who watch it love it. There’s a core of my friends here and we’re all huge fans.

  4. Haha this is great. I haven’t seen the show yet, but it’s near the top of my Netflix queue. I’ll be sure to catch the second season. I know reactions to Gervais are mixed, but I love Gervais & Merchant. And Pilkington is hilarious too… at times dumb, at times strangely profound.

    Great post and collection of Karl’s faces.

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