Thursday, April 20, 2006

Karl the comedy phenomenon

In this week's Heat, Ricky Gervais reveals, among other things, that he would like to include radio sidekick Karl Pilkington in just about everything he does.

Anyone who listened to the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Marchant show on Xfm or the later podcasts would have come to love the input of Karl Pilkington, famed for his banal asides like only being able to listen to songs with stories.

When asked about incorporating Karl into his recent 'Simpsons' script, Gervais said: I'm tempted to incorporate Karl into everything I do. But you can't write the stuff that comes out of Karl's mouth.

"It's like you get teams of of writers working 20-hours days on comedy scripts, and Karl just says it. If he's awake he's talking shit. And it's dynamite. But he would be the perfect cartoon character. He's very nearly as stupid as Homer Simpson and he's got a rounder head. Karl is, to me, the comedy phenomenon of 2006. Everyone I meet in LA had the podcast on their iPods. Nerds! They were all asking about Karl. I did Janeane Garofalo's radio show and she asked: "Who plays Karl Pilkington?"

If you want to know about Gervais's housing plans or more about making 'The Simpsons' episode, which airs on April 23 on Sky, you'll find it all in this week's Heat.

For more fun facts about Karl, including how he regularly missed school because his parents took him on caravaning holidays during term time or how a failure get a ZX Spectrum for Christmas when he was eight contributed to baldness -- visits Karl's page.


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