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Ricky Gervais

The host of his radio show. Prefers snarking on the stories of the other two rather than sharing his own, though he occasionally pitches in.

  • The Bully: His bullying of Karl becomes gradually more vicious as the show goes on.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Sort of. He still does plenty, but it mostly revolves around Karl, not him.
  • Fat and Skinny: Fat to Stephen's skinny. And talked about in great deal during one of the final podcast series, where both Steve and Karl maintain that looking at the modern Ricky and looking at images of him in his New Romantic, star of a band days in the Eighties is like looking at two different people.
    Steve: It's like one of those Weight Watchers before and after pictures, only reversed.
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  • Fat Bastard: Spends most of the show giving Karl a hard time.
  • I Was Quite the Looker: He was actually slim and handsome as a teen.
  • Jerkass: Constantly insulting Karl even when he's in the right.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He believed Rasputin to be a creature that lived under a bridge, only for Ricky's girlfriend to point out he's thinking of Rapunzel. Ricky then corrects her, saying that Rapunzel was the story about guessing the antagonist's name...except that was Rumplestiltskin, not Rapunzel.
  • Old Shame: His failed pop career in the band Seona Dancing.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He prefers lashing out at Karl's stupidity at every chance he can get.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He tends to come off as the least sympathetic of the three due to his general behavior.


Stephen Merchant

Ricky's friend and writing partner. Frequently tells stories of the awkward situations he's gotten into. Tends to be the most levelheaded of the trio.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In real life, Merchant is a redhead. In the animated show, he’s blonde.
  • Adorkable: Frequently tells anecdotes about awkward social situations he's placed into.
  • Fat and Skinny: Skinny to Ricky's fat.
  • Jerkass: Less so than Ricky as he's willing to hear Karl out on his viewpoints. Though since the intention is still to mock him he's arguably just as bad.
  • The Lancer
  • Only Sane Man: He's not an idiot like Karl or quite as mercilessly cruel as Ricky.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He prefers listening intently to Karl make a fool of himself rather than actively taunt him.
  • The Smart Guy: The most educated and informed of the three, and it shows. While Ricky is quite sharp himself, he's quite prone to slip ups and misinformation, to the point of needing Steve or even Karl to correct him.
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  • Unlucky Everydude: Bad things seem to happen to him for no apparent reason.

Karl Pilkington

Ricky and Stephen's sad producer/friend who they recruited onto the show after realizing how bizarre he was.

  • Butt-Monkey: The show is a solid hour of the other two mocking him.
  • Breakout Character
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He tends to have... interesting ideas of how things work.
  • The Comically Serious: Almost completely stoic at all times.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion, much to the surprise of Ricky and Steven. Though he has a tendency of failing at being one just as frequently as he succeeds.
  • The Eeyore: He always seems glum, to the point where Steven and Ricky occasionally feel sorry for him.
  • Genius Ditz: For all his gaffes, it's noted a few times that Karl does have several profound and interesting thoughts, and that he's generally a bit more clever than Ricky and Steve give him credit for. Unfortunately, he's constantly defeated by misremembering or misinterpreting the information that fuels those thoughts, or by lacking the linguistic skills to properly articulate them, leading Ricky and Steve to frequently dismiss what he says regardless of how much insight or truth lies behind it.
  • No Sense of Humor: Occasionally cracks an intentional joke but is otherwise completely deadpan.
  • The Stoic: It's hard to get a reaction out of him, which is part of why he's so great to poke fun at.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Of the three members of the show, he's the only one who believes in any supernatural phenomena. He's already stated on the show that he believes in ghosts (states he won't be an eye donor because he's afraid of being a blind ghost), Heaven (states he wouldn't want to be reunited with dead relatives because he already spent time with them in life), and the tale of Noah's Arc (because it's written down).

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