An Idiot Abroad is a show we haven’t talked about nearly enough here at MWTVG. We let everyone know when it was premiering again and then sadly, we haven’t talked about it again. We apologize. This is a show that deserves attention mostly due to it’s “star” Karl Pilkington.
If you don’t know the show, An Idiot Abroad focuses on a British guy named Karl Pilkington who is friends with big stars Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. If you are a fan of their HBO show, The Ricky Gervais Show, you know who Karl is. He’s a pretty simple guy who has an opinion about everything. You learned on the Ricky Gervais Show that Karl had never really travelled anywhere because he had no interest in traveling or seeing other places. That gave Ricky an idea. Send Karl around to different places but do it in the most horrible way possible and get Karl’s response. Karl’s response? To make hilarious TV.
If you only knew Karl Pilkington from The Ricky Gervais Show, you would agree with Ricky that he is just a round-headed buffoon. If you watch him on An Idiot Abroad though, you learn that Karl is really not a dumb guy and he is actually quite insightful. He may be simple, but he has a good heart and he means well. He must be getting paid quite a bit of money to allow Ricky Gervais to treat him the way he does. Karl is a better guy than Ricky gives him credit for.