Comedian Ricky Gervais was recognized byGuinness World Records in 2007 for having the world's most popular podcast. That podcast, called The Ricky Gervais Show, starred Gervais, along with his mates Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, conversing about anything and everything that tickled their fancy for more than six years.Gervais tells David Bianculli that Pilkington — described in The New York Times as "a cross between the deadpan comedian Steven Wright and Cliff Clavin of Cheers" — is the main reason for the podcast's success."I think that people know it's real. They're eavesdropping on a conversation between three mates," Gervais says. "But the real answer's Karl Pilkington. That's the secret. Karl Pilkington: This normal but extraordinary man. This missing link. This global village idiot. This friend that everyone's got that doesn't get airtime and recognition. And he's like crack. He's addictive on the first hit."Recently, HBO decided to animate Gervais' self-proclaimed "pointless conversations" with Merchant and Pilkington, turning it into the new Friday night series The Ricky Gervais Show.
To read more of the NPR article, follow the link on the post-title - it includes video clips from the show. For more on the Ricky Gervais Show and podcast in genersl, check out the websites below:
Monday, March 29, 2010
The HBO series The Ricky Gervais Show is an adaptation of podcasts that first appeared on The Guardian's Web site — and features the animated versions of (from left) Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington.