Wednesday, June 11, 2014

An idiot abroad

If you're looking for a show to watch this summer you must check out An Idiot Abroad**, a hilarious documentary travel series that follows bumbling Englishman Karl Pilkington as he unwillingly traverses the globe.

Though he has no interest in broadening his cultural horizons, Pilkington, who is sent on assignment by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (The Office co-creators and Pilkington's mates) travels to China, India, the Middle East, Mexico, Egypt, Brazil and Peru to see the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Though Gervais and Merchant spare no expense on gorgeous sweeping shots of places like Petra, Rio de Janeiro and the Great Wall, they usually put Karl up in the grossest hotels in the dumpiest parts of town, force him try the local cuisine (stewed goat face or cow penis, anyone?) and make him hang out with some memorable characters (like completely naked, bendy, Jim Morrison-looking yogis). 

OMG I've been laughing so hard (I was dying watching the India episode). Thanks to Karl, you can travel around the world without leaving your living room. 

**(You can stream it on Netflix!)

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