Happyslapped by a Jellyfish: The Words of Karl PilkingtonPaperback
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- Publisher: DK
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 188mm x 16mm | 320g
- Publication date: 1 May 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1405332999
- ISBN 13: 9781405332996
- Illustrations note: col. Illustrations, col. ports.
- Sales rank: 2,196
A collection of hilarious and compelling insights and anecdotes, diary entries, poems, 'true' facts and cartoons on travel from Karl Pilkington, unlikely star of the Ricky Gervais Show, the world's most successful podcast - now in paperback. This is the travel book for people who don't particularly like travelling, it's Karl Pilkington, star of The Ricky Gervais Podcast Show, with a suitcase, occasionally with his passport, more often with a bemused suspicion of anything vaguely exotic, and an observant eye for the disappointments, tedium, general weirdness and absurdities of being a tourist abroad and at home.From staring at Mount Vesuvius in case it erupts and the horrors of a Lanzarote nudist beach to the curiosities to be seen in the world's weirdest museum. Told with his inimitable deadpan humour, Pilkington's stories are interspersed with fond reflections on life back in England, from Salford joy riders to what his girlfriend's mum and dad have for dinner on a Thursday (it's chops and veg. in case you're wondering).
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Karl Pilkington's accidental path to fame began in 1989 when a trip to a Manchester hospital inspired him to become a hospital radio DJ. After filling news bulletins with strange-but-true stories and using the transmitter to broadcast pirate radio, Pilkington was sacked and moved to Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, where he hosted a late-night show filled with impenetrably cryptic puzzles. He then moved to Xfm in London, where he was producer and later a star of Xfm's Ricky Gervais Show, forerunner of the podcasts. Pilkington says that his favourite job to date was his paper round.
By Christopher Shaw 12 May 2011
Karl thoughts are always fun to listen to or read, no matter how ridiculous or far fetched. A real feel good book and reading tales of someones life has never been such an easy yet enjoyable read.
Some of the stories are echoed from the podcasts, but this time you get to hear them in full without Ricky laughing wildly or shouting at Karl for his innocent stupidity. Highly recommend this book!
This is a very funny book Sunday Telegraph ...intentionally or otherwise, this is hilarious. Zoo Magazine