The feature also was never given a proper name and Karl often described it as merely 'the film thing'. Their last show for XFM aired on 2 July 2005, after which they chose to switch the show's format from radio to podcasting. However, this feature was a consistent favourite of both Gervais and Merchant. Rockbusters was conceived by Karl Pilkington and was played on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's long running XFM radio show between 2002–2004 and brought back in 2005. Their producer at the time, Karl Pilkington, began to feature on the show and soon was a fully fledged member of the team. The Education of Karl: Following the revelation of Karl's GCSE results, a sole E in History, Gervais decides to give Karl a piece of homework, usually a short biography of an important historic figure, which Karl must report on each week. Ricky's World Famous Film Review: Gervais's film review was one of the earliest features included in the show in which he reviewed a film he had recently seen. Stephen Merchant was often more patient and frequently admonished Gervais by shouting, "Let him finish!" The show features Gervais and Pilkington engaging in English dialogue, and translated captions have been provided in many languages[23] by his fans. Davon kann Karl Pilkington ein Lied singen. The World Cup released. [15], Four more episodes were released on 15 September 2008 through the iTunes Store. The world's defining voice in music and pop culture since 1952. The show started in August 2001 on Xfm,[1] and aired in weekly periods for months at a time throughout 2002, 2003, 2004, and mid-2005. In November 2005, Guardian Unlimited offered the show as a podcast As a means of reminding listeners how the game is played, Ricky and Steve often referred to what they considered the textbook example of Karl's cryptic clues: Clue: I was walking in Texas, I fell over and my leg landed in a puddle. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, best known for the TV shows "The Office" and "Extras", started out on the, then small-time, radio station XFM. Songs of Phrase was a feature present throughout the later series of the XFM shows. 30 comments. [26], The show consists of past audiobooks with animation, drawn in a style similar to classic era Hanna-Barbera cartoons, describing jokes in a literal context. Xfm brought in Pilkington as producer. At the time, Gervais described Educating Ricky as being his favourite segment because the puns often left him in hysterics. Gervais also revealed that we’ve seen the last of David Brent in his new NME interview. Zudem ist er Autor mehrerer Bücher, in denen er seine Gedankenwelt offenlegt. in a high-pitched, sustained, and stereotypical hard-rock style. Gervais and Merchant often lapsed into fits of hysteria while reading Karl's diary owing to the absurd, pedantic, and often mindless nature of Karl's day-to-day experiences (such as rescuing insects from a swimming pool, watching a local cat lick its testicles and going to the cobbler's). The season had the same pricing implementation as season two, although the file quality was increased from 32 kbit/s to 56 kbit/s. In the third series of the podcasts, Karl had decided to write a poem included in the diary based on his daily experiences and learnings. Monkey News segments typically came near the end of the broadcasts and featured Karl Pilkington relating stories of chimps (referred to by Pilkington interchangeably as "monkeys") performing absurd and often impossible feats. This season saw the return of Karl's Diary as well as a new feature based on Karl's attempts at Poetry. During a later show, Gervais and Merchant revealed that they had discovered that they had received a warning from the radio authority by reading an article on a news website. Described mockingly by Merchant as their "biggest fan" although "not afraid to offer some constructive criticism", someone calling himself Richard Anderson would e-mail the show regularly in the early days of the Xfm show. He would play a track of the hip-hop genre to Gervais and Karl. However, even Merchant has been driven to verbally abuse Karl during the most obviously nonsensical and extreme stories. This feature was mainly used as a way to introduce new listeners to the mind of Karl Pilkington and was only used during the earlier days of the XFM shows. He would often interrupt Pilkington to express outrage and disbelief. Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington r/ rickygervais. Karl compared his literary efforts to those of Anne Frank, claiming that "If she's sat in a, you know, a loft knockin' stuff up, not much goin' on in 'er life at that point, yet she was still writin' it down...I thought well I'm on holiday an' I have got stuff goin' on...start a diary". Despite being named after the more famous Gervais, it mostly revolves around the life and ideas of Pilkington. The podcast focuses more on Pilkington as a primary figure of humour in the show in various ways, including questions directed at him that have been emailed in, either by fans of the show or by Gervais and Merchant themselves. For the XFM broadcasts, Rockbusters was not typically prefaced with an introductory "jingle" (usually a phrase shouted by Gervais) like some other features such as Monkey News. DVD. card classic compact. On 25 November 2007, Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington released a special bonus podcast for free. This morphed into Do We Need 'Em?, in which Karl would call an animal expert and argue for the extinction of a certain animal species, which he felt was useless and "getting in the way". The last film Gervais reviewed was The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which he hadn't even seen at the time, claiming "Robbie Coltrane is probably in it, because he's in that 'other one'", Gervais still gave the film a 9/10, even though he said "It's about wizards called Gonads with beards. On the 17 November 2001 broadcast, Gervais and Merchant (despite Karl's protests) filled the show with sexual innuendos and double entendres, in which they used the word "cock" multiple times, claiming they were referring to the bird, rather than the penis. Poetry topics included jellyfish, being in the hospital, the body of a caveman allegedly discovered with hair gel in his hair, and blind moths. Rezensionen auf Deutsch übersetzen . Gervais incorrectly stated that chimpanzees do not have opposable thumbs, when trying to prove that a chimp could not use a tool to perform surgery. He also says "Forget it" when Ricky and Stephen dismiss a statement of his out of hand. Their show was broadcast from January to August 1998 from 4-6pm on Sundays, and only featured Gervais and Merchant (before their collaboration on The Office). Subjects included Rasputin, Che Guevara, Hitler, Winston Churchill and Aesop's Fables. Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant returned to XFM, the alternative London-based radio station in September 2001 after the first series of The Office had been broadcast. Eine Person fand diese Informationen hilfreich. Problems arose in this case when Karl couldn't find a song with "Twix" in it, and so he substituted the alternative chocolate bar "Mars", using the lyrics to David Bowie's "Life on Mars". Now embarking on his first ever scripted series with Sky One's Sick of It, Karl Pilkington has insisted that he won't be back working with his old sparring partners Ricky Gervais … Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Despite being named after the more famous Gervais, it mostly revolves around the life and ideas of Pilkington. share. Artist or Band. Knob News has a format which is an amalgam of Monkey News and Educating Ricky. Answer: Whitney Houston (Wet Knee Houston). The use of profanities on the show would often make Karl uneasy and worried. In one XFM show, he became so frustrated that he left the room before Karl finished the segment. At the beginning and end of the feature, the theme tune to Michael Parkinson's chat show was played. Ricky Gervais has denied that he’s fallen out with writing partners Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. I watched a lot of those docusoups of the 1990s where a ordinary person would get their 15 minutes.”. [2] Throughout January and February 2006, the podcast was consistently ranked the number one podcast in the world; it appeared in the 2007 Guinness World Record for the world's most downloaded podcast, having gained an average of 261,670 downloads per episode during its first month. All other known features were abandoned, with the rest of each episode focusing instead on conversation. Some classic stories include a man who was abducted by aliens for three days and he grew a beard, a man who was beheaded and his corpse took 32 steps after decapitation, the infamous tale of the hairy Chinese kid and the origin of the phrase "don't let the cat out of the bag". The show's original format was more interactive, with features, guests, phone-ins, and audience interaction through listeners' letters.[7]. For its animated television adaptation, see. Monkey News was introduced on both the XFM radio show and the podcasts with a "jingle" performed by Gervais shouting, "Ooh, Chimpanzee That! Other phrases include "I don't understand" often referring to Karl's preposterous ideas and theories, or "play a record" in an attempt to bring a link to a quick end, usually due to the ridiculousness of whatever Karl is saying. or "Shut up! Sometimes listeners would email Monkey News stories to Pilkington. At the time, The Sun ran a feature called "White Van Man" whereby questions on the stories of that week were put to white van drivers across the country, just to gain an insight into their views and opinions. A special, free hour-long podcast originally available only on audio CD. ", insisting that Karl be allowed to deliver the story in full. At the end, Karl would ask a trivia question relating to the film, and would typically award a prize to a listener who e-mailed in the correct answer. Knob News!' Quizzed on whether Life On The Road would be the last outing for Brent, Gervais told NME: “I think so. During their podcast, Ricky and Steve try to disprove monkey news by "casually" talking of the story being told and how the central character could not possibly be a monkey due to the need for high intelligence, specialized knowledge, or the fact that a monkey would be immediately recognized by onlookers, etc. The video podcasts do not follow the format of the earlier audio shows and the content varies greatly from podcast to podcast. [4] It is available through Audible and the iTunes Store with individual episodes. In this instance Gerry & The Pacemakers' cover of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone" made up the first two words of the phrase. In August 2012 Ricky Gervais produced a pilot for a new series[22] of video podcasts, titled Learn English with Ricky Gervais. In one show, Jonathan Ross popped in live on the air to give Gervais some tickets to an Awards Ceremony, and claimed that Hip Hop Hooray was the "worst feature on British radio" featuring "instantly forgettable" songs. Monkey News! Do We Need 'Em? 2002), XFM - Episode 20 (April 13. Series two of the podcast began on 28 February 2006. The segment first appeared in episode 8 of the Guardian Unlimited podcasts (23 January 2006). This was one of the first recurring features, along with White Van Karl, which principally revolved around Karl relating his opinions on various topics. : A feature from the middle years of the XFM series, which originally was simply called 'Pilkington' where Karl interviewed a woman who claimed to have had a ghostly experience, prompting him to ask "You're not on crack?". Some of the stories, such as the 'chimp that flew a rocket'[28][circular reference] would be highly exaggerated tales based on actual real events. The feature is often accompanied with Gervais's extreme frustration at the terrible quality of the clues and him encouraging Pilkington to get through the feature as quickly as possible. That Jamaican fella doesn't want anything. Another listener calling himself Paul "The Party Animal" Parker would send in various facts and news stories during the early podcasts in late 2005/early 2006. A new (though short-lived; it was only presented in the first episode) feature was also introduced in order to replace Pilkington's "Monkey News", called "Real Monkey News", where Gervais attempts to present facts about chimpanzees which are factual and scientific. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant were one of the most creative comedy teams in TV history, but they haven't worked together since 2013. Such as on 2 August 2003, when Ricky brought in a tin of "Cock Soup" then he and Steve made obvious sexual innuendos about the soup, while maintaining they were referring to "cock as in the bird", and later the two played with the name of philosopher Immanuel Kant and its obvious similarity in sound to the word "cunt". when discussing an animal or thing he deems unnecessary. Karl became dismayed by the opposition he faced from the experts, believing there was a conspiracy to keep every animal from extinction, and thus ended the feature. Series three of the podcasts was released on 22 August 2006. The first video was a conversation between Pilkington and Gervais, with Gervais enthusing about the idea of Pilkington becoming a human crab or having massive reconstructive surgery. You might think these apes are just flying the drone, but the one on the right is a professor in … Song with a Story: This feature ran in the final shows of XFM. This idea was eventually scrapped as well. In November 2010, Ricky announced that a new series of podcasts would be recorded in 2011 and a new audiobook series where Karl will be an agony aunt answering listeners' problems. The show relies heavily on the wit and bizarre theories of Pilkington, who was now unemployed, having left his job as radio producer at XFM. What's going on there? Hot. Basically each episode is a half-hour or so of audio drivel. The Arts on 18 February 2009. It debuted on 12 October 2002 as a phone-in, but converted to an e-mail competition the following week. In the blog Gervais said both himself and Stephen Merchant will be present during the reading to "help him with long words". The episode aired on Monday 9 June 2008, 12pm (BST). The show was developed using original podcast recordings from The Ricky Gervais Show starring Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington. Merchant sometimes referred to the clues as 'craptic'. 'Knob' was used as a non-offensive slang term for penis throughout. 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