Does he fit Ricky Gervais’ description of being a shaved chimp, or is he a comical eminence as imagined and created by Steve and Ricky ― scripted, rehearsed and acted out?
It’s not that it bothers me. I’ll still enjoy the show as much as I have regardless of him being a preposterously gifted actor or a proper shaved chimp. He’s either playing it up, in which case he’s one of the funniest men alive, or he’s not, in which case he’s definitely one of the funniest men alive. Nonetheless, the question of whether he’s real or an act is an interesting one, and I’d love to hear other people’s opinion of it.
Quite surprisingly, I must say, there hasn’t be an awful lot of debate on this. It seems people are certain in their belief ― at least long-time followers of the Xfm show ― that he’s an actual living chimpanzee in the guise of a human being. A born-and-bread imbecile, intent on displaying his utter stupidity to the world in the name of comedy.
I read an article on The Times Online that I can’t seem to re-trace, which suggested that it all in fact was scripted and rehearsed. The reason for this scepsis was divided: Karl was never thrown off by Ricky’s inane laughing fits; he was never at a loss for words; and the conversations felt a little contructed and a bit too convenient, so to speak. I partly agree, especially on the part about Karl never choking up, not being able to spout some insanely (literally) hilarious drivel at any given time.
On the other hand, does that really entail there being acting involved? I know several people that are like him ― never at a loss for words and with a bizarre imagination exceeding that of most people.
I can’t help but incline towards the thought that it’s all real and that Karl in fact is no less than a shaved chimp with dialect. It’s the whole nature, the feel of the show. If there is any trace of acting going on, they’re hidding it brilliantly.
Of course they’re setting it up a little, of course they’re playing on strings they know in (on?) which Karl will excel. But that’s just in order for the podcast to be funny, and not just 3 people chatting on about some uninteresting topic without really presenting it in a funny way. There has to be a certain degree of pre-show directing and preparation to get the most out of the show, but that still doesn’t entail the use of acting.
That’s pretty much the gist of of this topic, in my opinion. I’d love to hear everyone else’s opinion ― comment at your own discretion.