The Ricky Gervais Show Series 2 Review: The Musings Of A Pilkington

THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW: Tuesday 8th March, E4, 11pm

As Ricky Gervais continues his mission to make his best friend Karl Pilkington an A-List celebrity, the second series of The Ricky Gervais Show dances back onto our screens, with more ridiculous animated ponderings than you could shake a Golden Globe at.

The Ricky Gervais Show is like the anti-Loose Women. Instead of a table of female husks harping on about humourless drivel, we have a trio of seemingly odd men discussing the codes of conduct when offered sausages on a beach camping holiday. With that being just one example of many mind-bendingly random conversation pieces, within these entertaining talking points, the voice that stands out amongst all three is Karl Pilkington, otherwise referred to as the “little round-headed buffoonâ€?.

Now more familiar to audiences via the excellent An Idiot Abroad, Pilkington is a strange creature. His abstract mumblings on the world give the impression that his spherical head has been bashed around like the conker it resembles. But as mad as his thoughts are, there is a child-like naivety to them that – unbelievably – means he almost makes sense on some occasions. Why is Australia filled with so many dangerous creatures? His genuine reasoning is that insects like to hide under rocks, and with the Earth being one giant rock, over the years they have all immigrated to the bottom; Australia. Genius.

Pilkington’s flights of fantasy this week predominantly focus upon a situation he found himself in when film industry officials approached him to pitch him a movie idea. This unfurls into a side-splitting narrative configured by Pilkington on how humans only use half of their brain, which led him to the idea of a woman having half her comatose husband’s brain inserted next to half of her brain. Naturally, this operation results in her transforming into a lesbian and seeking out her husband’s bit on the side to continue his affair. I hope Paramount Pictures are watching. We need this film.

As Gervais and Stephen Merchant coax the poor man into further memorable quotes (“if you just talk, I find that your mouth comes out with stuffâ€?) by mercilessly picking his comments apart, Hanna-Barbera styled animations follow, demoting the cast of three into a four-fingered bunch of campy beady-eyed caricatures. But this only adds to the hilarity, and any qualms about The Ricky Gervais Show being a cheap cash-in due to the fact that it is just an animated version of the podcasts are made erroneous. It may be reeling in more money, but who cares when the comedy is heightened by these animations and the final results are so brilliant? We should just all be grateful that the philosophies of Pilkington are making it to a wider audience.

If you have a brain, whether it is yours or half of your partners, sort yourself out and watch The Ricky Gervais Show. The comedian of the title may not be everyone’s favourite, but do not be misled, this is The Karl Pilkington Show and for this reason you should tune in.