Why to Watch It: Karl Pilkington
Close your eyes and place yourself anywhere in the world. Go ahead. I'll wait... Long enough. Karl Pilkington doesn't exactly get to snap his fingers and magically appear in any country. That is Ricky Gervais' job. Oh yeah, and Stephen Merchant plays a huge role in what appears to be pure torment for poor Karl.
Karl's been to China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Egypt, and Brazil, just to name a few places. He's in a class of his own when it comes to observational humor and literally pours his deep inner feelings onto whoever is standing directly in front of him and doesn't care if that person is, oh say, a naked man with the ability to stretch his you-know-what to incredible lengths. But maybe it's because he's been forced to eat things that make him gag. Or maybe it's from drinking water that gives him the runs. Or maybe it's the shit-hole he's forced to stay in. We go where Karl goes and only for Ricky Gervais' amusement.
One of the best parts of the show would have to be the phone calls between Ricky Gervais and Karl. It doesn't take much to push Ricky's laugh track button, which sounds like...which sounds... I'm quite not sure. It simply sounds like no other laugh I've ever heard before and it can now be heard around the world.
An Idiot Abroad is currently available on Netflix.
By the year 2019, the New York City subway system is likely to phase out those flimsy plastic MetroCards in favor of RFID chips (Radio Frequency Identification). So, by the use of cellphones or some kind of tiny key chain device, hopping on the train will be one wave away.