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    An Idiot Abroad

    Is anybody watching this? Ricky Gervais sends his friend, Karl Pilkington, on a trip around the world. Karl's supposed to be the idiot, but he's hilarious and kind of sweet.

    http://science.discovery.com/tv/an-idiot-abroad/
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    My son is visiting, and he had me watch an episode last night on OnDemand. Karl was visiting China, and he was very funny. He does a good 'fish out of water'.
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    Ricky, Steven Merchant and Karl have been friends for years and have co-produced/written many projects together. Ricky always talks about Karl in his stand-up. It's obvious that Ricky isn't making anything up when he talks about Karl. My favorite Karl quote is about giraffes: "Why didn't evolution give them genes to make them good at carpentry then, so they could build a ladder instead of growing long necks?"

    The part in the China episode where Karl was watching the girl eat those scorpions was hilarious! I was horrified too, but his comments had me in tears laughing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Critical;4186914;
    Ricky, Steven Merchant and Karl have been friends for years and have co-produced/written many projects together. Ricky always talks about Karl in his stand-up. It's obvious that Ricky isn't making anything up when he talks about Karl. My favorite Karl quote is about giraffes: "Why didn't evolution give them genes to make them good at carpentry then, so they could build a ladder instead of growing long necks?"

    The part in the China episode where Karl was watching the girl eat those scorpions was hilarious! I was horrified too, but his comments had me in tears laughing.
    I had never seen Karl before the China episode and OMG, he's exactly as Ricky Gervais describes!!! Karl's reaction to the food in China was hilarious -- watching the girl eat the scorpions was so adorable, but his reaction to having to eat the frogs --- and then, that sweet little lady feeding him the frog bites with poor Karl gagging with every bite --- PRICELESS!

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    I love that his reason for not wanting to go to China was because he might have to eat something like toad and, if he liked it, he wouldn't be able to get it when he got back home! You KNOW Ricky and Steven set it up so he'd have to eat toad!

    Karl seems to be one of those people who looks at the world in a completely different way. I can see why Ricky and Steven want to send him on this trip. It's just good TV!
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    Critical, I was going to comment on the toad too!! That was absolutely hysterical. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite scene, but that one and Karl watching the girl eating the scorpions, that Imperfect mentioned, would be top contenders.
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    I would like to see some of the shots of Ricky and Steven seeing the footage of Karl because you know in some cases their reactions have to be hysterical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;4191709;
    I would like to see some of the shots of Ricky and Steven seeing the footage of Karl because you know in some cases their reactions have to be hysterical.
    Totally Ricky has one of the best laughs. I'd love to see, rather than just hear, his reactions to Karl.
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    I love each of them individually... but together they're just fabulous IMO

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    Re: An Idiot Abroad

    On the Ricky Gervais Show the conversation turned to stick insects. Karl theorized that insects that look like sticks and leaves were created by insects mating with plants. Ricky had to explain about camoflague.
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