facebook twitter rss
Karl Pilkington provides the voice for the animated version of himself in HBO's "The Ricky Gervais Show."

Karl Pilkington is a world-record breaking podcast star, TV and radio presenter and author whose next project is "Karl Pilkington's Seven Wonders of the World," an 8x60 documentary travelogue series which follows Pilkington as he embarks on a journey to discover the Seven Wonders, expected to be broadcast late 2010. He is also the author of three cult books: "Ricky Gervais presents The World of Karl Pilkington," "Happyslapped by a Jellyfish" and "Karlology."

Karl was born in 1972 and grew up on a council estate in Manchester. Myriad unfortunate family incidents—including his brother being thrown out of the army for driving to the shops in a tank to buy a packet of fags and his uncle who slept in a rubber dinghy instead of a bed plus teachers who told him he would never be a high flyer—contributed to an unconventional upbringing. Karl disliked school, maybe because he believed that his teachers were profiting from his education and filling his days with menial and pointless tasks such as attaching as many stickers to a Thomson brochure as possible in 30 minutes.

Karl had a number of near-death experiences as a child which include nearly choking to death on a freeze-pop, almost plummeting to his death when climbing out of an upstairs window to do his paper round (it was blizzard conditions and Karl's mam had locked the door to stop him doing his round in such dangerous conditions) and the 'bad cream incident,' when Karl had eaten too many cream doughnuts which were discarded at the back of a local baker's shop. Karl survived into adulthood and after leaving school without his exam results (he got an E for History as Ricky Gervais revealed live on XFM, although Karl can't actually recall taking the exam) he went through several jobs—his favorite being his paper round—before finding gainful employment as an off-air producer at XFM. But he didn't stay off-air for long and his antics and opinions along with his fascination for odd stuff, distrust of animals and dislike of crowds meant that he became a much more vocal part of the show and has now become the cult hero of the XFM broadcasts. High praise indeed came from Ricky himself who proclaimed Karl to be "the funniest man alive in Britain today."

A series of record-breaking podcasts with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant made Karl Pilkington a household name around the world and he's even had his face graffitied onto a garage door in Augusta, Georgia. The podcasts went to number 1 in 14 countries including America and have remained at the top of the charts for over two years outselling, albums, TV and film. Karl's classic quote "I could eat a knob at night" has spawned dance records, merchandise and a thousand online discussions—one such discussion leading to the conclusion that Karl isn't real but is in fact a comedy character invented by Ricky and Stephen.

The real thing was first seen in all his glory in a twenty-minute interview, which appeared on Ricky Gervais' live stand-up comedy DVD, "Politics." After a decade as a radio producer, Karl has now left XFM, taking with him a digital camera, which was his leaving gift and is now his girlfriend's after he gave it to her for a Christmas present. Karl is considering two prospective offers of employment—a paper round and dog walking—but only if it doesn't rain.

Karl Pilkington's Travel Show 'The Moaning of Life' Will Air on Science Channel in January
News Briefs: Girls' Charlie Leaves the Show After Fighting With Lena Dunham
Exclusive: Science Channel's Slate Includes First Scripted Project and New Karl Pilkington Show
Learn English with Ricky Gervais Video Has Karl Pilkington Teaching the Language
Video: Check Out the Teaser for Ricky Gervais' New Web Series
What to Watch Friday: Ricky Gervais' Grand Finale, Common Law Goes to the Dogs and More
Ricky, Karl And Warwick Off On Another Adventure
What to Watch This Weekend: Fringe, The Ricky Gervais Show, and Veep
The Ricky Gervais Show Season 3 Preview: Karl's Threshold for Pain
Ricky Gervais Tells Jon Stewart: 'Nazis Must Be Stupid' Not to Have Found Anne Frank Sooner (Video)


How old is Karl Pilkington? Find out here.

Age: 44 years old
Birthday: September 23, 1972
Nickname: The K Man
Karl Dilkington
Birthplace: Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK

"Boy to Man" (TV show) host Tim Noonan Travel Channel Expands 2015 Slate — The network has greenlit seven new series, including "50/50," "Boy to Man," "Majestic America," "Five Star Secrets," "Follow Your Past," "Hello Goodbye" and "Rev Runs Around the World," and renewed "Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan," "Booze Traveler" and "Expedition Unknown." Read more...
Ricky Gervais and Kerry Godliman in "Derek" 'Derek' Forges New Friendships in Season 2 — Premiering Friday, May 30, the sophomore season of the Netflix original series stars Ricky Gervais as a man whose positive outlook and good-natured spirit allows retirement home residents to persevere. Read more...
Karl Pilkington in "The Moaning of Life" (center) 'The Moaning of Life' Ponders Life's Big Questions — Premiering Saturday, January 18, the new Science Channel series features Karl Pilkington from "An Idiot Abroad" embarking on an entirely new, solo life adventure. Read more...

"Life's Too Short" (HBO TV show) cast Warwick Davis to Star in 'Life's Too Short' — Premiering Sunday, February 19, the new HBO comedy series from Ricky Gervais features cameos by top stars, including Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson, Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Carell and Kat Deeley. Read more...
Ricky Gervais at "Golden Globes 2011" Ricky Gervais to Host 'Golden Globes 2012' — "They must be mad. Not sure if I'm flattered that they trust me or insulted that they trust me. Either way... they shouldn't trust me," said Gervais. Read more...

Who is Karl Pilkington dating? What do you think of Karl Pilkington?

Post a Comment
Display Name
E-mail (optional)
(not displayed with comment)
URL (optional)
  BB code and links are not permitted.