What do comic superstar Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have in common besides creating side-splitting television? They're both obsessed with Karl Pilkington! Serious hilarity continues in the second year of this animated comedy series, as these clever conversationalists grapple with such weighty topics as the decline of gadgets, Karl's kidney stones and the most bizarre film idea ever. Episodes also include readings from Karl's Diary, original poetry and strange nature facts.
Karl describes his recent pitch to a movie studio, about a thriller starring Rebecca De Mornay and the internationally known actor “Clive Warren.” Entries from Karl’s diary include: reasons he wouldn’t like to travel to Australia, the story of the last time he went camping and a recent visit to his girlfriend’s parents.
Stephen reads an e-mail from a listener who asks, “If Karl could spend a day with his doppelganger, what would he do with him?” Ricky poses a logic riddle for Karl to solve. Entries from Karl’s diary include: why he doesn’t understand art, why his aunt wants to cover her backyard with Astroturf and why he doesn’t like Ricky’s cat. Finally, Stephen shares anecdotes from his trip to Rio de Janeiro.
Ricky reads some little-known facts to Karl, such as the revelation that sharks are immune to cancer. Karl recounts medical news. Entries from Karl’s diary include: his observations on The Congo, mishaps when ordering takeout and his visit to a gadget shop.
Ricky relates some interesting animal facts. After remembering that he needed to add an onion to his grocery list, Karl asks, “Does the brain control you, or do you control the brain?” Entries from Karl’s diary include: Karl pondering why people bother to take pictures of mimes, the story of a man in China who can’t be seen in photographs and why it might be best to not celebrate birthdays.
Karl shares the fact that he often goes on walks to observe ants, moths and other insects, and once saw a bee have a heart attack. Karl asks, “If everything were the same size as humans, what would be the best animal to be?” Stephen asks Karl a question posed to guests on “Inside the Actors Studio.” Entries from Karl’s diary include: a news report that a new sea creature has been found and a recitation of Karl’s original poem “If moths had eyes, would they be happier.”
Karl tells the story of being rushed to the hospital for kidney stones. Karl ponders the phenomenon of living things that look like other things. Ricky asks Karl if he believes everything he reads, like the story of Noah’s Ark. Musings from Karl’s diary include his trip to the Cotswolds with his girlfriend. Stephen reads a letter from a listener who asks for Karl’s advice on how to keep his girlfriend happy.
Karl says he wouldn't mind life as a little person, since everything from food portions to cities would be bigger for him. Stephen recounts his night out at a London club. During a stay at the hospital, Karl has a bothersome neighbor and later writes a poem about it. In Monkey News, Ricky casts doubt on Karl's story about a monkey toll operator in the jungle.
After being prompted by Ricky to think about developments in the future, Karl is worried that the android part of his brain would take over for the rest of him. He reveals his strategy for playing along with trivia games of always answering the same thing--"egg." Ricky and Stephen tease Karl about his reluctance to use a satellite navigation device in the car.
Karl offers his predictions for the future:
- Trousers will disappear.
- Mankind will become weaker.
- All food will be blended.
- Everyone will wear virtual reality glasses.
- More letters will be added to the alphabet.
Karl contemplates how many different species are actually needed in the world, and whether or not we should keep looking for new forms of life. Karl questions if inventions like modern vacuum cleaners and toasters are necessary. Ricky describes an automobile powered by human waste, which Karl enthusiastically endorses. Karl tells a story of his father's friend who used to own a misbehaving monkey. Ricky and Karl describe their fantasy designs for the world's most perfect animal.
rl reminisces about an overabundance of breath mints throughout his childhood. Karl dismisses cures for blindness found via research with mice. After years of nursing a childhood leg injury, Karl visits a massage therapist with dubious credentials.
After contemplating the concept of memory, Ricky and Karl role-play as the two lobes of Karl's brain. Karl describes a childhood weekend of talkative ghosts and befriending pocket calculators.
Ricky, Stephen and Karl discuss the nature of art, and whether old urinals or sharks in formaldehyde should be considered artistic works. Karl describes the benefits living in an apartment with a huge mirrored wall, and tells the story of a woman from his childhood who only communicated via reflection.
Ricky and Stephen challenge Karl to describe his ideal version of the world as conjured in a magical isolation tank, but Karl is suspicious of a "perfect" life. Karl describes his theory of the "Problem Hole."