Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington ( born September 23, 1972) is a British radio producer, radio host, podcaster, author and actor. He is known as a producer and next to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant one of the hosts of the Ricky Gervais Show, initially a radio show, a podcast from 2005, the animated version was broadcast in the U.S. on HBO. He is also the author of three books, in which he reveals his thought.


Karl Pilkington grew up in Manchester and spent his childhood, from a profession of his father, a lot of time in Porthmadog, Wales. He attended school in Manchester, but had neither the temperament nor the motivation to learn. During his tenure at the London radio station XFM he learned in 2001, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant know who again returned to the station after the success of the series The Office. He was part of the Ricky Gervais Show, in which he was often by his silly and monotonous appearance focus of the talks. After talking to her radio show Gervais and Merchant contacted Pilkington's former school and found out that he had participated in only one GCSE for History, for which he got a 5. Pilkington was unpleasantly surprised because he remembered to have participated in several tests, but he did not seem to know that before take the exam would have been required to register for the school to pay for his exam and subsequent correction and grading in light of this fact.

According to Pilkington came into being his first name, as his mother, suffering from pneumonia, in a dream, the name " Karl" read on the nameplate of a doctor who assured her to survive.

Pilkington has pursued several activities, with his favorite job to date, the Zeitungausteilen is, which he pursued at the age of ten years. He lives in London and Kent with his girlfriend Suzanne Whiston, where he is regarded as a hermit, as even close friends see him rarely.


On 24 April 2006, the New York Times published an article about Ricky Gervais and the podcast in which Pilkington's appearance is described as skillful dry sense of humor, which constitutes a cross between Ali G and Steven Wright.

For amusement regularly makes the remarkably round head shape Pilkington, Gervais so often it with a "fucking orange" - compares or a tennis ball - a " damn sandwich."

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have repeatedly denied that Pilkington plays a role conceived of the two.


In September 2010, the TV series An Idiot Abroad launched on Sky1 in the UK with Karl Pilkington in the title role, produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. In the series, is instigated by Gervais and Merchant, Pilkington sent on an adventure around the world to bring him out of his " usual environment ".

The series currently consists of three squadrons, each with eight episodes in the first two seasons and three episodes in the third season ( episode 60 min each ). In the first season Pilkington visited the New World wonders to expand his horizons. In the second he gets to choose from a list of activities, what he would like to do. In the third season, which aired in 2012 as a Christmas special on Sky1, Pilkington Warwick Davis is to accompany the footsteps of Marco Polo. Since November 2012, the second season is broadcast in Germany on DMAX.


  • The World of Karl Pilkington (2006)
  • Happy lapped by a Jellyfish (2007)
  • Karlology (2008)