Monday, April 23, 2012

The World of Karl Pilkington by Ricky Gervais

Title: Ricky Gervais Presents: The World of Karl Pilkington
Author: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington
Publisher: Hyperion
Year: 2006
Read in: English
Where'd I get this copy: Friend
Ricky Gervais Presents: The World of Karl Pilkington on Goodreads.

Teaser (from Goodreads):

In this pithy and hilarious book, Karl Pilkington is in conversation with (the often bewildered) Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the writers and stars of "The Office" and "Extras," unwittingly outwitting even those comedy Goliaths as he struggles in vain to make sense of the world around him.


Had this recommended. No actually I was forced to read it. Randomly mentioned I'd watched The Office one day and then READ IT!, I was told. So I did. 
And it was really good. But the podcasts are probably funnier. I mean it's difficult to entirely capture Ricky's annoying laugh, Karl's train of thought and Stephen's adorable remarks in a transcript. You can try (someone already did and the result was this book) but the transcript will never be as good as the original. 
That being said, I haven't heard the podcasts! So I can't compare anything. 

It's a nice little book, though. Funny in all it's simplicity. Someone on Goodreads said they loved it, but it "makes for a [great] supplemental reading source in your bathroom when you get tired of old magazines." I can honestly say I agree with this. The text alone doesn't qualify as a book. That's why Karl Pilkington's drawings are a great compliment to the stories in it. They fill out a void in the book and make it just OK to actually call it a book.

It's random, at times laugh out loud-funny, genuinely too much information and Karl's basically a brilliant maniac, but for fans of this trio it's a must-have. You other people out there probably should take this as a warning: this is the wrong way to introduce yourself to the wonders of Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington and Stephen Merchant. They're funnier "live".


Frederikke, out.

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