Thursday, February 3, 2011

Top 10 Podcasts: #9 The Ricky Gervais Podcast

[Editor's Note: The following is the latest in a series covering my top 10 podcasts and my favorite episodes from each. Here's what we know so far:
#9 - The Ricky Gervais Podcast
#10 - Fresh Air with Terry Gross]

The Ricky Gervais Podcast was probably the first podcast I ever downloaded with any regularity. The medium was so foreign to me at the time that I didn't use iTunes to download it, nor did I have an MP3 player to upload it to once I did. It was stunning to me that one of my favorite comic actors would simply talk for nearly an hour at a time for free. (Of course, they later started charging for it, but who's counting?) The Ricky Gervais Show still holds up half a decade later. However, I can only stomach small doses as Gervais' aura is the definition of abrasive.

Essential listening:

The show's secret weapon is, of course, Gervais and writing partner Stephen Merchant's foil Karl Pilkington. The constant abuse laid upon his orange-shaped head is either naturally deserved or completely orchestrated. Either way Pilkington plays his Stephen Wright-like bemusement with existence to the hilt. If a primer on the series is what you're looking for, you could do a lot worse than this massive Best of Series One digest podcast.

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