This is the travel book for people who don't particularly like travelling, it's Karl Pilkington, star of The Ricky Gervais Podcast Show , with a suitcase, occasionally with his passport, more often with a bemused suspicion of anything vaguely exotic, and an observant eye for the disappointments, tedium, general weirdness and absurdities of being a tourist abroad and at home. From staring at Mount Vesuvius in case it erupts and the horrors of a Lanzarote nudist beach to the curiosities to be seen in the world's weirdest museum. Told with his inimitable deadpan humour, Pilkington's stories are interspersed with fond reflections on life back in England, from Salford joy riders to what his girlfriend's mum and dad have for dinner on a Thursday it's chops and veg. The epic mind of Karl Pilkington.. Every page is funnier than the last, his 'simple' way of telling little stories is genius, anyone Laugh Out Loud funny.
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More filters. Sort order. Oct 09, Maureen rated it liked it. There's nothing funnier than seeing him as the reluctant traveller, having to do Ricky Gervais's bidding. He's funny in the tv series, because he doesn't have time to think about where he's going, what he's going to do, unlike the book, where he even manages to do things he's actually interested in!
I much prefer the tv series with Karl at his best being completely miserable, and hilariously funny. View all 22 comments. For me, the genius of Karl in the podcasts is that he was unaware that he is such a hilarious man. Steve and Ricky set him going - and then we laughed along with them at his ridiculous, outlandish statements. In this book, Karl is aware that he is an amusing man but he is trying to recreate his spontaneous, natural statements in a concious way. Originally the humour resided in the fact that he was unaware how funny his opinions are - now he's aware of it and is deliberately doing it, some of the For me, the genius of Karl in the podcasts is that he was unaware that he is such a hilarious man.
Originally the humour resided in the fact that he was unaware how funny his opinions are - now he's aware of it and is deliberately doing it, some of the humour has inevitably been lost. Regardless of that, this is an amusing book and it's very easy to read. Sep 08, Sun Brockie rated it really liked it. Not sure if it's because I'm a big fan of the Ricky Gervais XFM broadcasts and his famed podcasts as Karl is nearly the main feature in them all but this book was hilarious!
Definitely the polar opposite of an intellectual read, but worth it for the hilarity. None of the stories are fiction either - at least to Karl they aren't. Would have taken me less than a day to get thru the book if I had a day to waste. Definitely a good Not sure if it's because I'm a big fan of the Ricky Gervais XFM broadcasts and his famed podcasts as Karl is nearly the main feature in them all but this book was hilarious!
Definitely a good break-book in between your serious reading. Did I ever mention Karl Pilkington is my hero? View 2 comments. Apr 21, Kirsty rated it liked it Shelves: april I bought this with my boyfriend in mind, but ended up reading it myself before I'd even given it to him.
I was surprised that I was so little amused by the book. I find Pilkington very funny indeed, but as a lot of these stories have been recounted in the podcasts which I've listened to, there wasn't anything which felt overly fresh about it. A tiny bit disappointing.
Nov 04, Dane Cobain rated it really liked it. Here, we basically have his journal entries from various holidays along with a few extra little goodies, like graphic novel style illustrations of his stories or little poems that he wrote. It was entertaining enough, but it also got a little repetitive over time.
So yeah. I, like a lot of people, know Karl Pilkington as the reluctant traveller from the television programme An Idiot Abroad. When I saw this online at a very good price, I simply had to pick it up.
This book is a collection of diary entries and summaries from trips Karl has done with his family, mates and school chums. Or should that be bad luck? Karl seems to be fraught with it on his travels. My mother and father have a sandwich shop, not anything involving butts but I found it easy to follow along, perhaps because I know some English people who use the same colloquialisms!
If you like your humour deadpan and stating the obvious, this is the book for you as a light read. Jan 29, Larry rated it it was ok. Not something I'd read usually but my wife got it from the library so it was lying around. It was o.
If nothing else, this book settled the question for me of whether Karl is a comedy genius or just an idiot Sep 23, Amy Watt rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. This is gonna be a quick review as I have 3 logs and 2 assessments this week.
This book is typical Karl Pilkington - nothing ever impresses him and misfortune seems to follow him. The book is written like a diary in some parts and in others it's more flashback sort of things of every holiday he's had. I didn't like it as much as An Idiot Abroad - this is going to sound mean but I preferred it when he went to places that he didn't want to go to - not on holidays he's booked himself.
I liked how Step This is gonna be a quick review as I have 3 logs and 2 assessments this week. I liked how Stephen and Ricky always had something mean planned for him and that Karl didn't know what was going on until it actually happened. Saying that, I did like this book - it was quite sweet. In an old man sort of way. My two favourite things about this book were the captioned photos, a 2.
My two favourite things about this book were the captioned photos, and this quote about my country: "I look at Australia like Ikea. People always say how good it is, but I can't be bothered going as it's in the middle of nowhere and hard to get to. People keep going on about global warming, asking us to turn the heating down cos the ice is melting and polar bears are drowning, but no one cares. They should tell everyone that angry spiders from Australia are moving over here cos of the heat, and then we'd soon turn off one of the bars on the fire.
I like Karl Pilkington , it is hard not to like him. The book contains Karl's tales on his holiday experiences and his musing on life.
With pictures and Karl's illustrations. Fun and quick read. May 02, Matthew rated it it was amazing. Classic Karl Brilliant book. I leant my paperback copy to a mate and I Never saw it again. Karl might not be a massive fan of going on holiday but he certainly has traveled. Luck bugger he is too, the places he writes about here makes them sound interesting. He makes the mundane sound thrilling.
That is a compliment by the way. May 30, Abeille rated it did not like it. Dull anecdotes trying hard to be clever, and missing the mark. Perhaps this comedian shines in live shows, but I found his stories completely lackluster in print. Jan 31, Chris Greensmith rated it really liked it.
Happyslapped by a Jellyfish
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Happyslapped by a Jellyfish : The Words of Karl Pilkington
Happyslapped by a Jellyfish is the second book by Karl Pilkington. It is a document of the many holidays Karl has gone on, both with his longtime girlfriend Suzanne and as a child. It also features more of Karl's poetry. It was released in October
Happyslapped by a Jellyfish: The Words of Karl Pilkington
A hilarious guide to travelling, from the man behind The World of Karl Pilkington - one of our most innovative thinkers, visionaries and prophets, or as Ricky Gervais knows him, 'the funniest man alive in Britain today'. Pack your suitcase and take an irreverent trip with the unlikely star of The Ricky Gervais Podcast Show , Karl Pilkington, to the furthest corners of Europe. From sunbathing in t-shirts and lizards the length of Toblerones, to a toxic apartment in Ibiza with a used loo that can't be flushed - these witty musings could put you off travelling forever! Gain insight into the curious life of this comic genius from pithy anecdotes. Find out about his mum's obsession with keeping gnomes indoors and his experiences getting high on dope chocolate, to his childhood dentist who filled his perfect back teeth to give them 'extra protection'. This book is probably only funny if you are a fan of "An Idiot Abroad".