Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Ricky Gervais Show Best. Podcast. Ever.

I have been meaning to write about this podcast for weeks now, but I have kept putting it off. I find myself tired of working and have decided to write about it. It is called The Ricky Gervais Show. Ricky Gervais is a writer/actor made famous in the original version of The Office in Great Britain. He also stars in a great show on HBO called Extras. He has a podcast with his writing partner Steve Merchant and maybe the most brilliant or the stupidest man on the planet in producer Karl Pilkington.

The premise of the show is basically Ricky and Steve calling Karl an idiot. You might think that this would not be that funny or would get old, but somehow it works. The best part of the show is Ricky Gervais’ laugh. His laugh is hard to describe. It has a maniacal quality to it and is loud and then goes quiet. If you catch him right he will let out a squeal or squeak when he draws in air in between laughs.

Karl Pilkington is a mad man. He has many theories and opinions on the world and every one of them will leave you scratching your head. There is also debate over whether he is a real person or a character. Sounds pretty real to me. Here are some of his ruminations on things in the world.

If you eat seven bananas in a row (but not if they’re all spaced out over the day) it will kill you.

Squoze is the past tense form of squeeze. Karl has also used grippage (for walls or surfaces with a lot of grip,) wroted (the past tense form of the verb to write) and the phrase bungled in which means to bundle multiple items/people into one pile. It is assumed he meant to say bundled in.

“You'll never see an old person eating a Twix, but they always buy ornaments."

"You never see a homeless Chinese person." Karl also believes that Chinese people "age worse" than other races.

Karl once mentions 'footage' exists of cave-men wearing underwear, also called "bear pants."

Karl believes that because jellyfish are 97% water, we should "give 'em another three percent and make 'em water - it's more useful."

With identical twins, there is always "a little snidey one."

Pavlov used to keep hitting his dog on the head with a stick until one day, the dog said "I’m sick of this" and left.

The Ricky Gervais Show’s first season is now available on ITunes for $4.95, I believe, and it is over 6 hours of hilarity. Season 2 is now on its 4th show and is $2.00 an episode. You might not like the idea of buying a podcast when you get most for free, but this is worth it.

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