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View Poll Results: Karl Pilkington: Genius or Idiot?
Comedic Genius 6 27.27%
Complete Idiot 16 72.73%
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Old 02-18-09, 02:35 AM   #1
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Karl Pilkington: Genius or Idiot?

Am I the only one who suspects that Karl Pilkington is a comedic genius? I've been listening to the Ricky Gervais podcasts, and find it baffling to think he could honestly be as stupid as he sounds. Most of his tangents are way too absurd to be those of a functional adult, and its been proven at least once that one of his monkey stories was legit, despite Ricky and Steven saying it was BS.

So is he a comedic genius or really just a round headed moron?
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Old 02-18-09, 06:48 AM   #2
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I vote Genius since Fincher took one of his ideas and turned it into an Oscar contender (Benjamin Button). Have they talked about that at all lately? I haven't listened to the podcast since it went to a pay service.
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Old 02-18-09, 07:01 AM   #3
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How does the fact that a couple of Monkey News stories "happened" (the truth is always very different from Karl's embellished version) make him a genius really planning all this? He just reads emails people send him; if one happens to be real, well, it's still full of as much BS as the hoaxes.

He's not a genius, at least not intentionally. That's genuinely his point of view and he really does come up with the strangest ramblings. If you hear him on their old radio show broadcasts, he's the same way (dumber even, because they hadn't yet run over the same topics so many times), and just about nobody listened to their station. So he's never really played it up.
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Old 02-18-09, 07:23 AM   #4
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Old 02-18-09, 07:54 AM   #5
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Old 02-18-09, 08:54 AM   #6
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Old 02-18-09, 09:17 AM   #7
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I vote Genius since Fincher took one of his ideas and turned it into an Oscar contender (Benjamin Button).
I've never heard of Karl Pilkington, but how can it be his idea if F Scott Fitzgerald already wrote the story Benjamin Button? They had aging backwards on Mork and Mindy too.
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Old 02-18-09, 09:24 AM   #8
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I've never heard of Karl Pilkington, but how can it be his idea if F Scott Fitzgerald already wrote the story Benjamin Button? They had aging backwards on Mork and Mindy too.
That's just how much of a genius he is!

He's just a big time buffoon who get's to rile up/entertain Ricky Gervais on his radio show/podcast.
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Old 02-18-09, 09:51 AM   #9
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I've never heard of Karl Pilkington, but how can it be his idea if F Scott Fitzgerald already wrote the story Benjamin Button? They had aging backwards on Mork and Mindy too.
Now that I have heard F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mork & Mindy mentioned in the same sentence, I believe that if I were hit by a bus this afternoon I'd be okay with that.
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Old 02-18-09, 09:57 AM   #10
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Old 02-18-09, 03:52 PM   #12
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Old 02-18-09, 03:56 PM   #13
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His story about the house is amazing. The reverse impregnation almost made me crash my car i was laughing so hard
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Old 02-18-09, 04:14 PM   #14
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Old 02-18-09, 04:35 PM   #15
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Never heard of him. I'll vote idiot.
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Old 02-18-09, 04:36 PM   #16
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Old 02-18-09, 04:37 PM   #17
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Now that I have heard F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mork & Mindy mentioned in the same sentence, I believe that if I were hit by a bus this afternoon I'd be okay with that.
Yeah, how dare they confuse the genius that is Mork & Mindy with that hack Fitzgerald

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Old 02-18-09, 05:17 PM   #18
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Re: Karl Pilkington: Genius or Idiot?

I stopped listening to the podcast a few years ago when they started charging for them. So are they still pay only, or can you get them free (legally)?
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Old 02-18-09, 05:21 PM   #19
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Re: Karl Pilkington: Genius or Idiot?

For those that are fans of the Gervais/Merchant/Pilkington podcasts there are dozens of hours of recorded radio shows from the trio that they did on a London radio station before the podcasts available on bit torrent sites. I literally listened to them for most of last year while I was falling asleep. My wife wondered why I was chuckling in my sleep.
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Old 02-18-09, 09:42 PM   #20
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Yeah I was going to post about that - search for xfm - there's like 3 seasons out there, with the songs edited out. These shows aired while they were working on The Office. They put the podcasts to shame since the podcasts seem so forced and an obvious attempt to recreate the magic from their xfm days. They've been a staple on my mp3 player.
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Old 02-18-09, 09:45 PM   #21
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Old 02-18-09, 10:26 PM   #22
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Thanks never knew about the XFM shows.
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Old 02-19-09, 06:32 AM   #23
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Re: Karl Pilkington: Genius or Idiot?

He is just a complete act. There have been a couple of interesting points he has made (such as why you never see Chinese homeless people) but his act of playing dumb grew old quick. Added to which Ricky Gervais's laugh on those podcasts is just annoying as all hell. I like the guy, but he needs to stop laughing so loudly whilst on radio. After seeing him on "Inside the Actors Studio" and watching Ghost Town last night i realized that he is an actor who is better off sticking to TV.
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Old 02-19-09, 02:05 PM   #24
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Re: Karl Pilkington: Genius or Idiot?

His head is like a f**cking orange! lol
Love the Gervais Podcasts. Actually Ricky's obnoxious laugh when Karl makes
him lose it is my favorite.

Here is a link to a story about him:
http://rickygervais.com/karlisacult.php

As to the OP's poll question I am really not sure. I can see where it can all be an act
but my instinct tells me he is far too genuine. He's no genius, he is def a cat of a rare
breed. But he's no idiot either, just kinda simple.
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