Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ricky Gervais' A Guide to...

The Ricky Gervais Guide to:
Natural History
The Arts
The English
Law and Order
The Future
The Human Body
The Earth
The World Cup
Comic Relief

This is a series of interviews lead by Ricky Gervais, the writer of the original UK version of The Office, with friends; Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. The basic premise of this podcast is; Ricky and Stephen choose a topic each episode and interview Karl, their “round headed buffoon” friend. Karl sees the world through some very “different” eyeballs, making for some really comedic dialogue. Stephen is the least prominent of the three characters, he throws bits on criticism in here and there while Ricky laughs in his not-so-endearing laugh. Karl quickly becomes your favorite character with his responses to questions and scenarios that you don’t expect. Some answers are very simple minded, some are very deep, while others are from deep left field. The three men together have a good chemistry for a series of interesting and humorous discussions which later turn the series into a cartoon, and even later bring amazing travel documentaries such as “An Idiot Abroad” and “The Moaning of Life” I’ve listened through this series at least three times a year or two apart on each listen. I enjoy “A Guide to” every time. If you are not offended by some coarse language and humor and can keep yourself from laughing in the workplace, I would recommend it to you. 

Episodes are 50-57 minutes long 

Best suited for ages 16 and up.

It’s hard to rate this because it’s good for what it is, and I’ve enjoyed it several so I would have to give it 4/5 Stars.

Genre: Comedy, Podcast, Humor, Radio, British Comedy

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