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The Ricky Gervais Show: Karl Pilkington's Top 10 Funniest Statements

Updated on June 29, 2012

A very brief outline of the Ricky Gervais show

If you live on another planet and have not heard of the Ricky Gervais show/Karl Pilkington then you’ve just stumbled upon something that will give you infinite pleasure. I’m going to give a very short outline of the show (and Karl Pilkington) and then amuse you with Karl’s top 10 funniest statements.

In the smallest of nutshells: The Ricky Gervais Show is three guys (Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington) sitting in a studio procrastinating/discussing anything and everything. You may be thinking: “I’ve heard of the office and extras this can’t much different”. Boy o boy you’d be wrong. Karl Pilkington is a man who has no idea of or inclination to be pretentious. He says exactly what on his mind no matter how stupid that is. And for a man with limited conventional intelligence he seems to also be a comic genius. A strange combination. At times Karl stumps them with a comment. Usually something so far out silly that they take a minute to form an intelligent response.

I just wanted to add something before I look at the Top 10 funniest statements. Gervais can come across as being harsh on Karl. In some quarters there have also been accusations of bullying. Karl Pilkington and Gervais are best friends. He can be that way with Karl, only because they are friends. Perhaps it’s a British trait that we are more forthright with our friends/family.

Okay time for some laughs. Make sure you watch the video.

Karl Pilkington’s Top 10 funniest statements (in no particular order):

10. On the Ice Caps falling into the ocean

He can not grasp this at all. Karl thinks that if large piece fell into the ocean then it will freeze the ocean. He doesn’t understand the vastness of the ocean. What is really funny about this is that he learnt of this through a news story. He recalls that the news was going down the “its bad news” angle. Even in spite of that he still thinks the melting ice cap will refreeze. Karl tries to use an analogy of an ice cube the size of the Empire State building falling into his glass of Jack Daniels. He really can’t understand the science of a large ice cap melting in a much larger ocean.

9.Karl pondering the possible implications of “more and more stuff” on earth

He wonders if we make “more and more stuff”, like “big buildings, big planes big boats” will it get to the point where it’s “too heavy for the world to handle”. This is Karl at his naïve best. Gervais points out that the raw materials are already on earth: “we’re not getting the rocks from other planets”. Gervais encourages Karl to think about this theory. Karl at the end says: “mind you the dinosaurs have gone”. It’s hilarious as you can almost hear the cogs of Karl’s brain turning as he wrestles with his own mind.

8.Karl trying to grasp evolution

Gervais had informed Karl that one aspect of evolution to take humans out of the animal kingdom was forward facing vision. Again, Karl doesn’t understand this and says: “what do mean… did they use to have eyes looking in their head”. His inability to comprehend evolution is a theme throughout the years of the Ricky Gervais Show. He can’t get that changes to the human body occurred slowly over millions of years.

7.On Ann Frank

Gervais had asked Karl to “tell us everything you know about Ann Frank”. Well Karl says: “she was in a cupboard”. He had no other information on the subject.


On holiday Karl, and his long suffering partner Susan, had seen a plethora of volcanoes on holiday. Having no appreciation of how volcanoes exits and their function Karl wonders why we don’t just “fill them in”. He actually thinks they are just mountains will holes. I love how Susan’s name appears on the show. Susan is not in the public eye and generally you never see her in the papers. I find this is brilliant as you can only imagine how she reacts and tolerates Karl’s unique mind.

5.Monkey news

Karl miss remembers a story about a monkey. He chooses to believe that monkeys are pealing potatoes as opposed to cracking open nuts. “if it’s a potato or a nut it’s foodage”.


Gervais informs Karl that a monkey with an infinite amount of time could type every book that has ever being written. This is Gervais trying to explain to Karl the nature of probability and that mathematically, given an infinite amount of time, anything is possible. Gervais also says that even an infinite amount of monkeys in a limited time would produce the same result. Not grasping this at all, Karl starts talking about the monkeys not knowing what one another produced. He just cannot understand the nature of infinity.


Gervais and Merchant were trying to encourage Karl to take his school exams again upon discovering that he failed to register for most of them. Merchant points out that the exam will either be about the “Tudors or the Stuarts”. Karl says it’s too long ago for him to care and that “I don’t even know if they had family back then”.

2.Cave men

On the subject of cave men and dinosaurs, Karl was informed that they did not co exist. His response to being informed this: “well, who named them then”. I’m not sure in his mind if he thought that we know dinosaurs are called dinosaurs because we found paper work from around that time.

1.London Eye (100 + meter structure in London allowing tourists to look over London)

Karl has this issue were by he can read a story or hear a fact and only retain the aspects he wants to.“A flee can jump over the London Eye” reports Karl. Karl really does have unique brain. If a flea were a man it could jump over the equivalent of the London Eye. But Karl’s brain doesn’t tolerate stipulations.


That is Karl’s top 10 funniest statements. Personally I don’t think you can narrow down his funniest moments to a Top 10 but I couldn’t write an infinite number of Karl’s statements. A monkey could if it had an infinite amount of time.

The statements do highlight the sillier side of Karl Pilkington. There are some statements Karl makes that seem to express thoughts we’ve had before but just couldn’t articulate. That’s an article for another day.

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Love love love Karl Pilkington quotes!

      Great hub!

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      Alen Ostovic 

      4 years ago

      I have been a huge fan of their podcast on XFM even before the animated series, which made everything way better, I'm happy to see people promoting the show cause it deserves it bigtime..

    • Lizam1 profile image


      6 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for the intro to this show. I love the fact that they can turn ordinary things into comedy by using irony. Something I miss over here.

    • Academicviews profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Scotland

      Mr Pilkington does have that affect on people. He simply is too naïve to not speak his mind which is so so so endearing.

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      6 years ago

      Hi Academicviews,

      The image of monkeys peeling potatoes had me ROFL.

      Voted up and funny.


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