Sunday, August 31, 2008

Chimpanzee That - Monkey News

For the unfortunate few of you who aren't familiar with the Ricky Gervais Show, allow me to give you a brief introduction. It has recently become one of my favorite things of all time, and I really can't remember the last time I laughed at anything this much.

The basic idea is that it is a series of podcasts by Ricky Gervais, his partner Stephen Merchant, and their "bald, round-headed mank twat" producer Karl Pilkington. Every episode is filled with Karl spouting off insane nonsense, most of it having to do with scientific discoveries and inventions he thinks are real but are definitely not. For example, in the first episode he proposes his idea to curb the expansion of the human population - in brief, his solution is that everyone dies when they are 78, and then a little baby that is living inside of them comes out and replaces them in the world. Hearing Karl try to explain why he thinks this is such a brilliant idea to Ricky and Stephen - who can barely keep it together - is worth the price of admission (which is, like, two dollars).

Anyway, you can buy the first three seasons on iTunes, and the fourth and final one will be available starting September 16th. I highly, highly recommend all of them.

Some sample clips from their original (pre-iTunes) series:

If you can't listen to the full 8 minutes (which you probably should), then the really classic Karl bit starts around the 3:15 mark.

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