Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington



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Karl Pilkington is a man of many talents: he's an award-winning radio producer, a poet, an author and a podcaster. TV-wise Karl's best-known for appearing on The Ricky Gervais Show in cartoon form. The show gives animated visuals to his popular audio podcast, in which he discusses random…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On February 28, 2012, the Royal Television Society announced Karl Pilkington's nomination for the 2011 RTS Programme Award for Presenter for his starring role in An Idiot Abroad 2, a Risk Productions travel documentary series broadcast on Sky 1.

    • Much to the derision of his father, during a school Nativity production Karl Pilkington spontaneously delighted the audience when he famously performed a successful drum accompaniment to a festive song titled "Little Donkey."

    • Karl Pilkington claims that at age five while on vacation in Padstow in Cornwell, he befriended a ghost named Mrs. Battersby, whom he says he would talk with at bedtime.

    • Having failed to collect them after leaving school, Ricky Gervais famously gave Karl Pilkington his General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) results live on air, revealing that his then Xfm London radio program producer had earned a sole E grade in history.

    • Karl Pilkigton feels so strongly about killing that he once attempted to rescue a fruit fly whose wings were paint-fused together after lighting on the window sill Karl was painting.

    • Karl Pilkington earns $300,000 per year and has a net worth of $3.5 million.

    • Karl Pilkington once ran a mobile disco named Pilkie's Makin Music with his friend Colin Makin.

    • Karl Pilkington aspires to produce programs about insects similar to the documentaries created by Sir David Attenborough, Britain's best-known natural history film-maker.

    • Karl Pilkington does not like being tardy and is a stickler for deadlines.

    • Comedian Ricky Gervais, who would later declare his friend Karl Pilkington to be "the funniest man alive in Britain today," but also labeled him "an idiot," once compared Pilkington to finding a magic lamp: "When you rubbed it, magical twaddle came out."

    • Karl Pilkington is implicitly fascinated with "freaks," an obsession his friend Ricky Gervais often attributes to the "weird looking" students Karl attended school with near a chemical plant.

    • While working at Key 103, a radio station in Manchester, England, Karl Pilkington and his long-time girlfriend Suzanne Whiston met when she lent him money for hot chocolate. Karl later did some editing work for Suzanne, resulting in Whiston buying another hot chocolate for Pilkington. The couple presently live together in London and Surrey.

    • Karl Pilkington does not care for sloths or spiders, the latter of which he claims his mother is quite fond of, and one of which has lived under her television for years and she continues to protect.

    • Having co-authored his first semi-factual book, The World of Karl Pilkington (2006), with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington went on to write three books of his own: Happy Slapped by Jellyfish (2007), Karlology: What I've Learnt So Far (2008), and An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington (2010).

  • Quotes

    • Karl Pilkington: Any problem solved is a new problem made.

    • Karl Pilkington: We're just a weed in the universe.

    • Karl Pilkington: Knowledge is almost annoying.

    • Karl Pilkington: A bit of guess work is pretty close to the truth most the time.

    • Karl Pilkington: (about keeping female partners happy) Don't go out of your way.

    • Karl Pilkington: I look at life like a big book and sometimes you get half way through it and go, 'Even though I've been enjoying it, I've had enough. Give us another book.'

    • Karl Pilkington: I've been to Africa and seen people starving, and then I get back home, and there's no milk in the fridge, and I say to Suzanne [girlfriend] 'What the ****'s been going on?' Nothing changes.

    • Karl Pilkington: (about the Three Wise Men bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus) Were those presents for his birthday or Christmas?

    • Karl Pilkington: People who live in glass houses have to answer the door.

    • Karl Pilkington: (reflecting on the trips 'An Idiot Abroad' has afforded him) One thing that's come out of this is, I've realised, most of the world's the same. You'll have a Starbucks, a nutter, a woman with a kid screaming. The world is the same, although it might not have been ages ago, so it doesn't matter where I go. If people traveled more, they'd realise how good it is here.

    • Karl Pilkington: Oh, if people think you're stupid just say bollocks to the lot of them.

    • Karl Pilkington: (about the meaning of life) I don't know what it's about, really. You go through your day, learn bits and think about stuff and before you know it, it's Tuesday. Where did Monday go?

    • Karl Pilkington: You won't get anything done by planning.

    • Karl Pilkington: I find that if you just talk, your mouth comes up with stuff.

    • Karl Pilkington: (about life) They say it all started out with a big bang. But, what I wonder is, was it a big bang or did it just seem big because there wasn't anything else to drown it out at the time?