Karl draws short straw

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THE hu­mour of travel com­edy show An Idiot Abroad comes from watch­ing ‘‘ idiot’’ Karl Pilk­ing­ton moan about the aw­ful toi­lets and for­eign food even as he gazes on an­other in­cred­i­ble des­ti­na­tion most peo­ple would give their right arm to see. Con­trary to ap­pear­ances, co­me­dian and for­mer ra­dio col­league Ricky Ger­vais says Pilk­ing­ton is ac­tu­ally quite smart. ‘‘ It’s a bit of mar­ket­ing, the idiot bit. He’s a smart, wise man with what seem like strange, pe­cu­liar lit­tle philoso­phies, but if you look into them, they’re pretty wa­ter­tight, you know?

‘‘ Why he’s so good for doc­u­men­taries is he’s got no fil­ter. He says what comes into his head, with­out prej­u­dice. Right or wrong, he says it.’’

Ger­vais has just filmed test footage for a new travel spe­cial, team­ing Pilk­ing­ton with dwarf War­wick Davis, called Short Way Round.

‘‘ Karl rides around the world with War­wick in the bas­ket. When I told Karl about it he didn’t say ‘ that’s ridicu­lous’, he said [ Ger­vais im­per­son­ates Karl’s whinge­ing tone], ’ So I’m do­ing all the f------ ped­alling am I?’.’’

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