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The Best of The Ricky Gervais Show with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, Volume 2
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Comedy, Stand-Up & Live
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We're back with even more Best Bits of the Ricky Gervais Show on Xfm!

The Ricky Gervais Show on Xfm is where Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant first met Karl Pilkington. The trio, who have been talking drivel ever since, later went on to create one of the most downloaded podcasts in history.

This programme brings you a selection of Best Bits from archived material of the second series of The Ricky Gervais Show with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington and includes classic such as 'Man Moths', 'Do You Need 'Em', and 'Educating Ricky'.

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  • Jonathan
  • 11-09-2009

This is the Radio show before the podcasts

First time listeners should download the podcasts and Guides.
Karl Pilkington could be described as a bald, mild-mannered, simpleton but this does not do him justice. Ricky and Steve (of "The Office" and "Extras" fame) brilliantly plum the depths of Karl; exploring the uncharted (and often terrifying) territory that is Karl's simultaneously underused and overused brain. The genius of the show is that Ricky and Steve are astonishingly well-educated on almost every topic one can think of; they are indeed passionate intellectuals. Karl is not. In the radio show the duo simply expounds upon any and all ideas they believe will reveal Karl's gullibility or talent for the absurd (like Karl's bizarre journal readings). They wander onto any and all subjects digressing and laughing away at will. Karl never laughs. I live in the US so this style seems so refreshingly European; Briticisms and references to English celebrities we've never heard of are scattered throughout the constant banter. I've read other reviews of the show that pertain almost exclusively to Karl, but I don't think this does it justice. In these shows Karl becomes the stand-in for all the obstinate, ignorant, and hypocritical realities of the world (Karl stands in for these things but his misguided beliefs are so extreme and so innocent that rather then offend or threaten he makes us laugh). What Ricky and Steve do is vehemently dissect and tackle the lack of reason in Karl's fallacious beliefs and narrow lifestyle. Their reason and powers of logic are so astute and so well founded that the listener is not only satisfied from their delightful humor, anecdotes, and overall musings on life; but from the compounding sense that hearing this enlightened duo shriek and wail upon the benighted "ramblings of a madman" (as Ricky and Steve constantly do to Karl) is a rare and satisfying thing in popular culture.

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  • Sacheen
  • 14-05-2019

Comedy Genius

Anything that Ricki and Stephen work on together is usually genius, but add in some Karl, the 3 of them just goofing around and it becomes stuff of comedy LEGEND. Thank you boys, you've given me hours of total bliss♡♡♡

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  • Teresa
  • 17-05-2012

well worth the money

As are all of the Ricky, Stephen, and Karl performances, this one is funny, well worth what they are priced.

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  • Rob
  • 08-11-2017

Perfect for lovers of the Podcast

Found this recently after listening to the podcast many times. Awesome to hear new (old) content from these 3 and i thoroughly recommend.

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  • Warren Dance
  • 11-04-2015

The most value for money of all 3 volumes

Three times the length and much more variety in content than the other 2 volumes, this one would be the best choice if the whole collection wasn't an option. Educating Ricky alone makes this a must buy!

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  • Fraser Lally
  • 15-08-2015

Heavy good

The whole yt are bagin wi the giggles. Worth a swatch. Defos. Young Milton Yobs, up the rest MYT Ya Bass!!!!!

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  • michael
  • 26-02-2020

best comedy show ever<br />

it was so funny I loved it I definitely recommend that you try it 😆

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  • alec bb
  • 01-10-2019

The funniest thing that has ever been made

words can't describe how funny this is, a radio show about complete nonsense, the funniest one ever made

Don't listen to this while driving



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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-2019

extremely funny

loved it from start to finish .. A laugh out loud look at life .

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  • The Duffers
  • 21-06-2019

Funny and easy to listen to

Its Pilkington so easy to dip in and out of. Would've preferred longer but decent for the price

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  • Miss C Day
  • 21-04-2019

Amazing, proper laugh-out-loud

Loved it, could literally listen to these guys for hours. Hilarious. I want them permanently as the background music of my life

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  • E. Johnson
  • 23-01-2018

Karl Pilkington is a genius

I hate the way Karl is bullied but I think he's a really original thinker and so hilarious.

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  • Russell Smith
  • 03-01-2018

Karl’s always the star

It’s incredible how the insights of Karl Pilkington have amassed such a following but the simplistic ideology of the man is infectious.
In return for looking at life from his perspective you will enjoy this immensely.
Ricky and Steve are brilliant at getting Karl to commit to a train of thought that can only end in a hilarious outcome.
Don’t listen if your driving - I had tears of laughter running down my face.