Friday, February 17, 2006

The Pilkington Effect

In my previous post about The Ricky Gervais Show, I gave short shrift to the phenomenon that is Karl Pilkington.

The show has developed a huge following, becoming the world’s most downloaded podcast, according to the folks at Guinness. In the process, Pilkington has become a global cult figure of sorts.

In episode three, during a discussion about a reality show where contestants had to eat an animal’s penis, Pilkington said he couldn’t eat an animal’s shlong first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, but, “I could eat a knob at night.” Gervais then called for DJs to loop that quote into a house mix. DJs answered the call, sending in their creations to the show and according to Reuters the quote has become a Google sensation. To top that off, Pilkington paraphernalia is taking off, so buy your T-shirt, mug or wall clock with the world’s most famous perfectly round, bald head on it.