Karl Pilkington Analysis

Karl Pilkington has skyrocketed in popularity over the last five years due to a series of XFM radio shows, podcasts and the popularity of the ‘An Idiot Abroad’ Television series. Herein, Karl Pilkington will be discussed.

Karl Pilkington Quotes:

On cooking:

“My girlfriend came in and went mental when she saw that I had sausages in the toaster”

On the great pyramids of Giza:

If that was on my block the council would say: ‘get that down, that’s a death trap”

On Academia

Some of the best Karl Pilkington quotes are in response to topics with academic and intellectual leanings.

Karl Pilkington’s response to Nietzsche’s quote, “That which does not kill you makes you stronger”:

“wake up Nietzsche”

On Stephen Hawking thinking about the big bang:

“he’s wasting his life thinking about something that doesn’t matter”

“We’re always making more and more stuff in the world; you know big buildings, big planes, big boats and that. Will we ever get to a point where all this is too heavy for the world to handle.”

“Mentalists” – Karl Pilkington talking about ‘mentals’.

On Stephen Merchant:

“He’s weird”

“You’re an odd looking fella, you know I know that, but also you don’t like spending money. Valentine’s day; are you sort of, y’know, what are you happier with the fact that no girls like you enough or are you happy because you don’t have to spend money on a card for anyone.”


I could eat a knob at night.

On Che Guevara’s Death:

Stephen Merchant: Before that, they cut off his feet and hands and buried him in an unmarked grave.

Karl: But that wouldn’t work anyway because then people have many places to grieve.

Karl Pilkington’s Intelligence

While Karl Pilkington is generally portrayed as an idiot or fool, and scored a low IQ of 83 on a Mensa test, in actuality he has a certain pace in his conversation that suggests he has some intelligence. In reality, he is mostly just uneducated rather than lacking intelligence. In fact, a lot of the humor comes from his sophisticated reasoning for bad ideas due to his lack of knowledge. Ricky Gervais reflected this with the following statement about how Karl would do on an IQ test:

“I think he’ll do alright. I think he’s got a good natural intelligence. I think if you take any formal education and knowledge out of the equation, I think he’ll surprise you.”

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