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Happyslapped by a Jellyfish: The words of Karl Pilkington

Happyslapped by a Jellyfish: The words of Karl Pilkington [Kindle Edition]

Karl Pilkington
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This is a very funny book (Sunday Telegraph)

...intentionally or otherwise, this is hilarious. (Zoo Magazine)


This is a very funny book Sunday Telegraph ...intentionally or otherwise, this is hilarious. Zoo Magazine

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3457 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCAOU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for fans of The Ricky Gervais Show 16 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A funny collection of short pieces about the travels of Karl Pilkington. There are diaries and dreadful little poems, cartoons and 'true stories', photos and storyboards, all riddled with the unique Pilkington brand of madness. Whether it's New York or the Lake District, this reads very much like a child's 'What I did on my holidays', full of what he had for tea and bizarre observations about what he's seen and done. At first I could almost hear Stephen Merchant reading it, as he does in the 'Karl's Diary' segment of the wonderful Ricky Gervais Show! I wouldn't read it again, and I certainly wouldn't have paid the cover price because it's very short, but it was a nice bit of fun for my week off...
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
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There are some comedians who are just not funny off stage. They hate people spotting them when out and about because they know they'll never live up to expectations. They can 'do' funny but they AREN'T funny - not in real life. Then there are those who can make anything funny, even the lamest joke - Tommy Cooper was one of the best examples. Karl Pilkington is another: he simply IS funny...and he's not even a comedian.

Ricky Gervais, a very shrewd man, spotted this from the off. He's probably even a little envious: while Ricky meticulously plans every aspect of his comedy, Karl just opens his mouth and funny things come out!

No, this book isn't 'well-written' - the grammar is all over the place and it's full of throwaway slang...but that's not a criticism, it's a strength! Ghost-writers of footballers' autobiographies spend ages deciding how much to change the ramblings that have come from the mouths of their often less-than-articulate subjects. The trick is to make it seem authentic yet understandable. However this evolved from Karl's brain to his mouth to the page has been just right: as several of the other reviewers point out, it feels just like he's talking.

So it's 'what I did on my holidays' by a rather odd, yet very likeable and very funny man - and, you have to acknowledge, pretty gifted illustrator. It'll have you in stitches.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping it Unreal 26 Oct 2007
I was worried, worried that for all the fame Karl Pilkington has enjoyed this past year or so, he'd have gained some actual - genuine - knowledge, and by default this book would have become less enjoyable, clouded by information and 'facts' that actual rang true.

I needn't have worried. Karl remains as impervious to knowledge as a moth does to the damaging effects of hot light bulbs. He seeks knowledge, but when it happens upon him something gets twisted in the transmitter and it comes out of his mouth adapted, totally different to the true meaning.

Not that his wonderful theories don't have some basis, that they somehow make sense despite the absurdity of the claim. How about his assertion that we're all told to eat five portions of fruit a day only because there's so much 'rubbish fruit' they're trying to get rid? They're even palming it off in shower gels such as 'hint of kiwi', says Karl by amusing way of 'proof'.

Where as Karl's previous book 'The World of Karl Pilkington' suffered somewhat because you couldn't hear his perfect dead-pan delivery, this book revels in the fact that it is one long ramble, about his holidaying life and what his girlfriend's parents have for tea each night.

You learn next to nothing about the places he visits, but then surely that was to be expected. He devotes a chapter to his Madeira holiday and I don't think he mentions what it was like once.

All in all this is a good read with lots of chuckle-out-loud moments. Karl is here to stay it seems, and still wonderfully unaware of what all the fuss is about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As funny as expected! 10 Sep 2011
By KatieW
If you like Karl and have enjoyed An Idiot Abroad then this is a must have read. Karl, in his distinctly blunt way takes you through a variety of holiday destinations he has been to, I won't rattle off a book spoiling description chapter by chapter but my favourite's include his trip to Tunisia and his views on Rome. Excellent light holiday read, guaranteed to attract some strange looks as you chuckle your way through it by the swimming pool.

'Rome wasn't built in a day, it just looks that way'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable. 10 Aug 2011
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This man is either the greatest comic invention bar none, or he really is as daft as messrs Gervais & Merchant make him out to be. Other reviews have said that the book reads like he talks and I couldn't agree more. It's a long time since I've sat and laughed to the point of crying at the contents of a book, and the only time I did put it down was to dry my eyes, reading it in one sitting from start to finish.

I hope there are more to follow, I'll just have to remember to order a box of hankies at the same time.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's a genius, but doesn't know it 11 Oct 2007
By Mr. Damian J. McGrath VINE VOICE
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Karl Pilkington shot to fame as the producer behind The Ricky Gervais radio show on XFM back in 2000/2001. The show featured the pre-Office team of Gervais and Stephen Merchant playing music and talking drivel, so it was the ideal platform for Karl to get involved with.

Gervais soon realised that Karl's occasional involvement with the show was the funniest parts, and soon the show became a regular 3-man show. The XFM show ran for hundreds of shows, and evolved into a show just to hear Karl's fascinating opinions on things. This XFM show was the catalyst behind The Ricky Gervais Podcast series on first The Guardian Unlimited's website, and then through the Audible website.

This book is the second from Karl Pilkington, and has a few similarities with the first. It contains many stories and anecdotes from the XFM shows/Podcasts, but it also contains a lot of unheard material and many original hand-drawn pictures from Karl.

Personally, Karl is a genius. His views on things are child-like, single-minded, but hilarious. His ponderings range from "my eyes get heavy when I'm tired, so can blind people stay awake longer?" to "I hate jellyfish - I hear they're 98% water - why can't we just give them another 2% and have done with them?".

It's genius questions, that you can't really answer. You'd expect a child to ask them, but Karl has a endearing quality because he sounds simple, and doesn't really quite get things. He's happy in his own little world.

To get the full effect from this book, you will have to believe that Karl is speaking from the heart. He's not pretending - he's not saying things for comic effect. It's just his truthful, instant opinions on things, and that makes it funnier.
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