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The Secret, An Idiot Abroad, and a Halloween Special

Karl Pilkington, the star of An Idiot Abroad

I believe in the power of the Secret. Even before there was a book about it I was familiar with the phenomenon. I’ve repeatedly experienced the magic of the Secret many times in my life.

On a comment my friend Nathan left on a recent post, he reminded me of the power of positive thinking. So, I’ve decided to invoke the Secret and put my intentions out to the Universe. I’d like to see Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant put Karl Pilkington in a Halloween special of An Idiot Abroad.

Have you seen the show? I just recently discovered it myself. I’ve been thanking the cable gods for On Demand ever since. I’ve gobbled up every episode I possibly could.

I don’t know why it’s not on Travel Channel instead of the Science Channel, but I’m just glad it found a home somewhere. It is now my favorite travel show of all time.

At first I thought it was going  to be awful. I’m torn about how I feel about Ricky Gervais. I’ve liked some of the things he’s done, and others I just didn’t like at all.

But this…oh man. Ricky’s only in brief bits of it. Karl Pilkington is the real star, and he is a freaking riot.

He reminds me of my husband. Wayne has the same kind of grouchy, pessimistic, somewhat slightly clueless and annoyed air. And he mumbles funny remarks like Karl does. It’s like they’re always on the brink of complaining about something. Except, it instead breeds hysterical commentary.

And Karl’s comments are just plain classic. So classic they’ve incorporated that into the An Idiot Abroad site with a “What Would Karl Say?” section. They were running a weekly contest to predict what Karl might say about certain photos each week. Some of the entries were from people who could write for him, they were so dead-on with capturing his voice.

I don’t know when more episodes will come on, or even if Karl will sign up for another tour of duty (he was none too happy when he was in Machu Picchu), but I’m hoping the Secret will work its magic and carry my wish to Karl (and Ricky, who concocts all of Karl’s adventures).

I’d love to see Karl do something paranormal for a Halloween special. Like heading to Poveglia Island or the Island of the Dolls in Mexico. Or maybe even hunting for the Skunk Ape or Bigfoot.

Or, best yet, putting Karl on Scare Tactics. After watching him run from the fireworks in Mexico, I know he’d book it at first opportunity if whatever prank they pulled on him warranted it. (I love when the victims on Scare Tactics flee. Cracks me up!)

If it happens, something tells me I’d have to either not drink anything for hours before watching or wear diapers, because I know Karl would have me in a pee my pants laughing state. Same for anyone investigating with him. Oh yes, a change of undies would most certainly be in order, because it’d be hard to keep a straight face or dry britches around him. (At least for me. Which may or may not indicate I have both a humor and a bladder problem.)


 Here’s a clip of Karl running from the fireworks in Mexico. It never fails to make me laugh when I see him leaving his guide in the dust to fend for himself when things start popping!

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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