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Karl Pilkington (born September 23, 1972 in Manchester, England) is an English radio producer perhaps best known for producing the radio show that brought together the writers of The Office, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
Pilkington was initially an off-air producer of the show, which was broadcast on Xfm, but his antics and opinions soon led to him joining Merchant and Gervais on-air. Some of Pilkington's most popular contributions to the show include Monkey News (news which is supposed to be about monkeys, but is almost always about chimpanzees), Rockbusters (which is really 'Blockbusters' with a word change), Do We Need Them?, Cheeky Freak of the Week and Songs of Phrase.
Pilkington is sometimes mentioned in Ricky Gervais interviews, and is often on the receiving end of Gervais's practical jokes. In addition, Pilkington appears in a twenty minute interview on Ricky Gervais's live standup comedy DVD, Politics.
Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington were reunited for a six-week weekend slot on Xfm that ended on July 2, 2005.
Karl is frequently referred to by Ricky Gervais as 'a little baldy manc'. It should be noted that Ricky has a particular obsession with squeezing Karl's head -a habit Ricky developed on the skull of comedian Robin Ince. Stephen Merchant and Karl have a difficult relationship, primarily because Ricky enjoys provoking Karl into expressing his opinions on Steve being "a bit odd looking".
Karl's believes most of his stories to be fact, despite reading about them on the internet, only reading the headlines and not the whole article. He always forgets important details, substitutes dates with phrases such as "In the olden days, right, there was a short hairy fella...". Ricky and Steve insult and enjoy Karl with equal vigour, mainly for his earnest conviction while telling his farfetched stories and spurious theories as though they are fact.
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